Stress

The Power of Flowers in Reducing Stress

Last Sunday I would have loved to have had a team of testers out in the market place measuring mothers stress levels early in the day and then immediately after they received their Mother’s Day bunch of flowers from their loved ones.

Both of our sons who are fathers themselves arrived at different times over the weekend at our home with flowers for Judy. The joy their mother received from receiving these very special multi coloured heart felt gifts was… Continue reading

Increase Your Gratitude, Lower Your Stress

Last weekend was another magical two days we spent with a diverse group of people at our Build Emotional Resilience Training.

One of the simple things we can all do to create a stress less life is to continually work on developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’.

Contemplating what you’re grateful for reduces cortisol by 23% according to a study published at the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that those who cultivated an ‘attitude of gratitude’ had improved mood, energy… Continue reading

Lack of Sleep Now #1 Cause of Rising Stress Levels

The Medibank Better Health Index Research was released on December 28 for the 2016-17 period. The research revealed sleep — or a lack of — has been self-reported as a key contributor to Australians’ rising stress levels in 2017 (44%).

The incidence of mental health issues is the highest amongst those affected by stress, according to new Medibank data.

With the lives of many people around the world being driven now by electronic devices, mainly, mobile phones, solid sleeping has… Continue reading

What is your personal pressure release valve?

There is no doubt about it – living in the ‘modern’ world has its benefits. For one thing, as a woman, I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to wash my family’s clothes in a copper over a fire, use an outhouse instead of a toilet or always cook everything from scratch. All of us can no doubt appreciate how good it is to be able to access the Internet any time and to get a virtually instant response… Continue reading

Are You Running on Empty?

High on the list of clinical complaints is low energy and fatigue. Continual workplace and /or home stress can cause individuals to suffer from these symptoms.

The outcome is that more and more people worldwide are turning to artificial energy stimulants more than ever before. Unfortunately, these can be dangerous and ultimately even deadly.

What are the risks associated with energy drink consumption?

In the UK, according to the National Health Service NHSChoices, the potential risks associated with energy… Continue reading

Who is Responsible for Mental Health in the Workplace?

An old practice that is still active in some quarters of the market place is, “work it till it breaks”. When you ask the person in senior management who has made the statement who or what are they referring to, they answer, “it doesn’t matter, staff or machinery”

With depression and anxiety now the leading cause of long-term illness-related absence in the developed world, it’s vital for leaders – under work health and safety laws – to do whatever is… Continue reading

How Can Stress Make You Fat and Create Diabetes?

When we were created way back in time we came with a fantastic safety mechanism inbuilt into our brains. If we became stressed due to impending danger like the possibility of becoming a menu item for a Saber-tooth Tiger, our body would instinctively enter the “fight or flight” mode. This would set into action a cascade of physiological events in our body that would prove to be life-saving.

In the modern day, there’s a good chance that the threat is… Continue reading

Your Memory, Waistline and Your Employer May Thank You

Late last week we returned from a very relaxing twelve-day, South Pacific Island cruise on P & O’s Pacific Dawn. Although we were engaged to deliver five different stress management keynote presentations, the sleep, relaxation and the joy of cruising meant that the ‘working’ aspect of our trip was virtually non-existent.

We ditched the alarm clock and made getting plenty of sleep and reading wonderful books a key aspect of our working holiday.

More than 40 per cent of Australians… Continue reading

Your Words Can Reveal You’re Stressed

A very interesting paper by Matthias Mehl et al on how the words we use can identify our level of stress and anxiety was recently published in the proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences.

The lead author Dr Matthias Mehl from the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona says that our linguistic embellishment of the words you use is likely to be a much more reliable indicator of stress levels than self-diagnosis.

The researchers have identified a conserved… Continue reading

H.A.L.T. … Are You Ready?

We had a very special experience last week spending two days with a group of totally committed recent breast cancer survivors on Australia’s Gold Coast. We facilitated our Stress to Strength Experience workshop.

These brave women gave 100% plus effort as they explored new ways to support their own personal healing by learning how to make stress their friend and become way more emotionally resilient.

The not-for-profit breast cancer organization called Send Me On Vacation www.sendmeonvacation.org is based in the… Continue reading

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