Stress Management

Personal or Business, Stress management is an Obstacle to Happy Living and Successful Business

What is Stress?

Stress can mean different things to different people. Stress is defined as a conflict between the demands placed on us and our ability to cope. The way we cope with these demands will depend on many things. For example, the way we think, our personality and our previous life experiences can affect our stress levels.

We live in a world where we hear about stress all the time, we know of the health issues it can cause, the depression, heart disease and the suicides that have occurred from stress.

Stress is not a fad or a diminishing of one’s coping abilities or strategies. It is a danger to us. Ultimately it needs to be dealt with when it is presented.

 

Good and Bad

As with everything in the world, there is good and bad, and therefore there is positive and negative stress. A positive stress influence can help compel us into action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new outlook on a situation, event or life itself.

 

Triggers

Many things can trigger this stress, including change. Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived. These changes may be recurring, short-term, or long-term.  Stress is the “wear and tear” we experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment, which creates the positive and negative physical and emotional effects.

 

How we cope

People differ dramatically in the type of events they interpret as stressful and the way in which they respond to such stress. For example, driving a car can be very stressful for some people and for others it’s simply relaxing.

The ability to tolerate stress is linked to our individual personality, our relationships, energy levels, and emotional maturity: For instance, if we are introverted, we are generally more comfortable with fewer stimuli than if we are more extroverted. If we are in unhappy relationships, it is energy consuming and therefore our energy levels become depleted and drained. The result is our resistance to stress is compromised. Also when we are recovering from illness or simply tired at the end of the day, our ways of dealing with the world around us are less robust.

 

Freeze-Fight-Flight

The human “Freeze, Fight, Flight” response is written into our DNA. Its part of our blueprint. It’s a primitive design to allow the body to quickly adapt to its environment, in order to survive.

During a freeze-fight-flight episode, breathing rate speeds up. The  nostrils and air passages in the lungs open wider to get more air in quickly. Next heartbeat speeds up and blood pressure rises, sweating increases to help cool the body and blood. Therefore nutrients are the concentrated in the muscles to provide us with extra strength.

 

 

 

Stress: Help or Hindrance? Executive Stress Management to reduce the effects of this stress.

Stress is a natural instinct that exists as a bodily reaction to difficult situations as they may occur. Low level stress in some can actually assist in the enhancement of professional goal achievement however, as stress levels increase so can the negative impact on productivity and motivation in the work environment.

Cortisol and Adrenaline

Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands. Stress Hormones, Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine (also known as noradrenaline) are produced. These hormones help you think and move fast in an emergency, in the right situation, they can save your life. They don’t linger in the body, and dissipate as quickly as they were created. Cortisol, on the other hand, streams through your system all day long, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.

But the hormones that are released and the physiological changes that occur are designed to be a “spurt” and not present long-term. Stress prolongs these changes because the body does not know that the threat is not real, as we live in stress, we have conditioned the body to believe it is in a permanent state of threat.

Our Well-being

The physical and mental well-being is compromised by the permanent state of stress and the presence of cortisol in the system throughout the day. The result may produce psychological conditions such as emotional disorder, irritability leading to anger, a sense of rejection moving us into depression and Physical conditions such as immune response disorder, chronic muscle tension, and increased blood pressure. These problems can eventually lead to serious life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, kidney disease, and cancer.

The Mind

Neuroscientists have discovered how chronic stress and cortisol can damage the brain. Stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function. Young people who are exposed to chronic stress early in life are more prone later in life to mental problems such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders as well as learning difficulties.

It has long been established that stress-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD trigger changes in brain structure, including differences in size and connectivity of the amygdala. Our brains are mouldable through the plasticity nature of the structure, chronic stress can prevent the neuropathways, connectivity and fluidity of the plasticity making our brain structure rigid and less pliable.

The ‘stress hormone’ cortisol affects the neuropathways between the hippocampus and amygdala in a way that creates a vicious cycle within the brain leaving it predisposed to be in a constant state of freeze-fight-flight.

Stress Reaction

Stress on an extreme level can manifest in bodily reactions that have the ability to debilitate on both a personal and professional level.

Typical physiological and psychological disorders brought on by stress include:

Physical Health Issues

Documented Physical health issues related to stress are listed below:

  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction – SOD
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS
  • Constipation
  • Colds and Sinus Infections
  • Yeast Infection
  • Bladder Infections
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • High Blood Pressure – Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hyperventilation
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

Mental health Issues

Documented Mental health issues related to stress are listed below:

 

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Impaired Memory
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Short Attention Span
  • Fear- Perceived or Real
  • Increased risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Racing thoughts and Difficulty Concentrating
  • Difficulty Learning
  • Absent-Mindedness
  • Difficulty Making Decisions
  • Obsessive or Compulsive Behaviors
  • Increased Hostility, Worry and Guilt

 

Managing Stress with David Ellis

David uses more than the popular MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction), whereas this methodology is of enormous benefit, but David feels it more important to find the root cause of the issue and then manage both the issue and the stress at the same time. By approaching Stress in this way, it diminishes the triggers and recurrence of the stress episodes.

He has created a unique program for stress reduction, PMSDtm. Positive Mind Stress Reduction. The first consultation with David is ultimately a fact finding process where David will identify specific needs and the techniques required for resolution. David uses exploratory discussion to identify the issues and root cause of those issues. From this exploration, he can prepare a program that will include modalities such as consultation, hypnosis, relaxation, meditation, communing with nature,  and also simple PNF stretch exercises to alleviate stress anxiety.

David believes that the journey to self development and self discovery is a precious and invaluable journey, that requires an investment of time and money. With that in mind, David offers his clients a free of charge, pre-consultation, where the new client can become familiar with David and his work, and be confident and comfortable that David’s approach is suitable for you.

The Positive Mind Clinic is located on 4 acres of landscaped gardens designed specifically to promote inner peace and tranquillity. David encourages his clients to spend time in nature and therefore, the grounds of the Clinic are an ideal starting point to commune with Nature and begin this journey.

At the end of the pre-consultation, you will be given a password to access a confidential questionnaire on this site, this allows the new client fill in important questions and fact finding information which can be done in your own space and time, so it is not eating into the actual paid consultation time.

All sessions with David encompass a range of modalities and therapies, which may include, Communication Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Stress Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Communing with Nature, Colour Therapy and CBT.

The duration for each session will depend on Group or Individual. Groups are 4 hour sessions and Individual are 3 hours sessions and the program runs over a 7 week period.

 

Corporate Groups

The Positive Mind Clinic can accommadate up to 8 Executives for Group Sessions, each Group session will commence at 8am or 1pm or 6pm. The 8am session will include a healthy breakfast and will conclude at 12pm. The 1pm session will include a healthy lunch and conclude at 5pm and the 6pm session will include a light healthy evening meal and conclude at 10pm

 

“If I have no Honour or Integrity, then I have nothing”

David Ellis



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