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This presentation was given at the Natural Therapy Expo in Auckland in September 2010.

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    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress – The Silent Killer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Do you get stressed?
      • Do you like being stressed?
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Do you get stressed?
      • Do you like being stressed?
      • Do you really know what it is?
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Do you get stressed?
      • Do you like being stressed?
      • Do you really know what it is?
      • Do you know the damage it causes?
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Do you get stressed?
      • Do you like being stressed?
      • Do you really know what it is?
      • Do you know the damage it causes?
      • Do you know the difference between stress and non-stress?
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Do you get stressed?
      • Do you like being stressed?
      • Do you really know what it is?
      • Do you know the damage it causes?
      • Do you know the difference between stress and non-stress?
      • Do you want to know how to eradicate it...for good?
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Inner Peace
      In other words
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Inner Peace
      In other words
      Would you like to know how to be in a state of inner peace
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Inner Peace
      In other words
      Would you like to know how to be in a state of inner peace
      All the time?
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Goal for today
      • Information (theory)
      • Solutions (practical)
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Background
      • Chronic Fatigue
      • Clinical Depression and Anxiety
      • Unable to work 7 years
      • Tried 140+ therapies
      • Eventually found the answers
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Background
      • 7 yrs – Hayfever, Nosebleeds
      • 12 yrs - Appendicitis
      • 13 yrs - Thrush, Candida
      • 16 yrs – Chronic Bladder infections
      • 20 yrs – Hives
      • 26 yrs – Depression, Nervous breakdown
      • 28 yrs – Lower back problems
      • 35 yrs – Chronic Fatigue
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Why is stress ‘The Silent Killer’?
      Hypertension
      • One of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke
      • Major risk factor for developing heart disease
      • Known as the "silent killer" because the majority of people who have it don’t know it because there are no apparent symptoms.
      Source: Heartmath
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Common Denominator
      Stress
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Part 1 – Theoretical Understanding
      • Facts
      • Figures
      • Understanding
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stresstistics
      Stress – a modern-day epidemic
      • 90% of all health problems are stress related
      • 90% of the U.S. population suffers from some type of anxiety disorder
      • Over 70 million people in the United States have hypertension or high blood pressure
      Source: American Stress Institute
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stresstistics
      • Creates incoherent heart rhythms and high blood pressure
      • Activates changes in the autonomic nervous system and hormone systems
      • Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States and in most countries today
      Source: American Stress Institute and Heartmath Institute
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Un-health stats
      • 1890 - 7 known diseases
      • 2010 - 17,000 legally registered diseases
      • 1908 - one in 8,000 people diagnosed with cancer
      • 2010 - anticipated number: 1 in 3
      Source: Don Tolman, Health Educator
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Workplace Risk Factors
      • Allergies
      • Asthma
      • Arthritis
      • Back pain
      • Depression
      • Diabetes
      • Gastro-intestinal problems
      • Cardio-vascular problems
      • Obesity
      • Stress
      • Fatigue
      • Migraines
      • Blood pressure
      • Cholesterol
      • Inactivity
      • Smoking
      • Drinking
      • Drugs
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      New perception of Risk Factors
      Stress
      • Allergies
      • Asthma
      • Arthritis
      • Back pain
      • Depression
      • Diabetes
      • Gastro-intestinal problems
      • Cardio-vascular problems
      • Obesity
      • Hay fever
      • Fatigue
      • Migraines
      • Blood pressure
      • Cholesterol
      • Inactivity
      • Smoking
      • Drinking
      • Drugs
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      So what is stress?
      First coined in 1930s
      “The consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal –
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      So what is stress?
      First coined in 1930s
      “The consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal –
      to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats,
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      So what is stress?
      First coined in 1930s
      “The consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal –
      to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats,
      whether actual or imagined”
      Source: Wikepedia
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      A simple definition
       
      ‘An internal nervous system response
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      A simple definition
       
      ‘An internal nervous system response
      where bye the fight-flight (sympathetic nervous) system of the body is triggered
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      A simple definition
       
      ‘An internal nervous system response
      where bye the fight-flight (sympathetic nervous) system of the body is triggered
      as a result of either internal or external stressors’
      Kim Knight
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      • The sympathetic nervous system response
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      • The sympathetic nervous system response
      • Fight-flight response
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      • The sympathetic nervous system response
      • Fight-flight response
      • Red alert
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      • The sympathetic nervous system response
      • Fight-flight response
      • Red alert
      • State of emergency inside body
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      • The sympathetic nervous system response
      • Fight-flight response
      • Red alert
      • State of emergency inside body
      • Temporary State
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      • The sympathetic nervous system response
      • Fight-flight response
      • Red alert
      • State of emergency inside body
      • Temporary State
      • Designed for emergencies to get us out of danger
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      • Blood circulation, heart rate
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      • Blood circulation, heart rate
      • Breathing
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      • Blood circulation, heart rate
      • Breathing
      • Digestion, Elimination
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      • Blood circulation, heart rate
      • Breathing
      • Digestion, Elimination
      • Nervous
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      • Blood circulation, heart rate
      • Breathing
      • Digestion, Elimination
      • Nervous
      • Endocrine
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The stress response
       
      All systems of the body affected:
      • Blood circulation, heart rate
      • Breathing
      • Digestion, Elimination
      • Nervous
      • Endocrine
      • Muscles, Tendons, Bones
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Relaxation Response
      • Parasympathetic nervous system response
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Relaxation Response
      • Parasympathetic nervous system response
      • Calm and relaxed
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Relaxation Response
      • Parasympathetic nervous system response
      • Calm and relaxed
      • Inner Peace
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Relaxation Response
      • Parasympathetic nervous system response
      • Calm and relaxed
      • Inner Peace
      • Internal systems working optimally
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      Our natural state is to be calm and relaxed
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      Our natural state is to be calm and relaxed
      ...all of the time
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      • Mind is Calm
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      • Mind is Calm
      • Body is Relaxed
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      • Mind is Calm
      • Body is Relaxed
      • This is our natural state
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      • Mind is Calm
      • Body is Relaxed
      • This is our natural state
      • The state of the Tao
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Yellow Emperor
      “Be relaxed, calm and natural.
      If you are living according to the last principle, your pure Qi will continually flow in abundance and with vigour...
      ...when mind, Shen or spirit is in a harmonious state and abiding inward, rather than being orderless, scattered and directed outward,
      where can illness come from?”
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed
      (parasympathetic mode)
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed
      (parasympathetic mode)
      Then it must be UNNATURAL to be stressed
      (Sympathetic mode)
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed
      (parasympathetic mode)
      Then it must be UNNATURAL to be stressed
      (Sympathetic mode)
      Therefore what is normal has become abnormal
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Paradigm shift
      So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed
      (parasympathetic mode)
      Then it must be UNNATURAL to be stressed
      (Sympathetic mode)
      Therefore what is normal has become abnormal
      What is abnormal has become normal
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Taoist Theory
      Being calm and relaxed is the key to:
      Health
      Wealth
      Longevity
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Taoist Theory
      HokLokSiu
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Taoist Theory
      “When we are in a good qigong state
      which is the healthiest state of life,
      we should trust that everything that is going to happen
      will be a good thing”
      Master Yuan Tze
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress – the root of disease
      Stress: fertile ground for the cultivation of disease
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The true meaning of stress
      Disease is a state of dis-ease
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The true meaning of stress
      Disease is a state of dis-ease
      Stress is a state of dis-ease
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The true meaning of stress
      Disease is a state of dis-ease
      Stress is a state of dis-ease
      of body-mind-emotions
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress is internal
      Stress is ALWAYS an internal response.
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress is internal
      Stress is ALWAYS an internal response.
      Any external or internal events are merely triggers or ‘stressors’.
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress is internal
      Stress is ALWAYS an internal response.
      Any external or internal events are merely triggers or ‘stressors’.
      External events are always neutral
      “I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress is an addiction
      We have unconsciously trained ourselves to live from the sympathetic nervous system response
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress is an addiction
      We have unconsciously trained ourselves to live from the sympathetic nervous system response
      Step One for any addiction: recognition and acknowledgement
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Stress is an addiction
      We have unconsciously trained ourselves to live from the sympathetic nervous system response
      Step One for any addiction: recognition and acknowledgement
      Step Two: Change habits and behaviours
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Exercise: Stress awareness
      • To measure the level of stress in the body
      • To differentiate between stress and relaxation
      • To connect with the body intelligence (internal health monitor)
      • To find solutions for current problems
      • To calm the mind and relax the body
      “An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory” P Hariharananada, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Three Brains
      Brain in head - Intellect
      Heart Mind - Wisdom
      Abdominal brain – gut feeling
      “Sickness is felt, but health not at all”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      The role of emotions in stress
      “A symptom never comes without a preceding emotion.
      Symptoms are intelligent and necessary communication from the body to the head”
      Dr David Mickel
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Body Intelligence
      The body’s way of communicating to us:
      • Body sensations
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Body Intelligence
      The body’s way of communicating to us:
      • Body sensations
      • Emotions
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Body Intelligence
      The body’s way of communicating to us:
      • Body sensations
      • Emotions
      • Stress
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Body Intelligence
      The body’s way of communicating to us:
      • Body sensations
      • Emotions
      • Stress
      • Physical, emotional and mental symptoms
      “Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher
    • Levels of body communication
      Sensations
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      Gut feelings
      Sensation without pain
    • Levels of body communication
      Emotions
      Sensations
      Fear, Worry
      Sadness, Anger
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      Gut feelings
      Sensation without pain
    • Levels of body communication
      Emotions
      Sensations
      STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED
      Fear, Worry
      Sadness, Anger
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      Gut feelings
      Sensation without pain
    • Levels of body communication
      Mental symptoms
      Emotions
      Sensations
      Anxiety
      Depression
      STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED
      Fear, Worry
      Sadness, Anger
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      Gut feelings
      Sensation without pain
    • Levels of body communication
      Physical symptoms
      Mental symptoms
      Emotions
      Sensations
      Allergies
      Insomnia
      IBS
      Anxiety
      Depression
      STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED
      Fear, Worry
      Sadness, Anger
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      Gut feelings
      Sensation without pain
    • Levels of body communication
      Migraines
      Fibromyalgia
      CFS
      Physical symptoms
      Mental symptoms
      Emotions
      Sensations
      Food intolerances
      Allergies
      Insomnia
      IBS
      Anxiety
      Depression
      STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED
      Fear, Worry
      Sadness, Anger
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      Gut feelings
      Sensation without pain
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Part 2 – Practical Solutions
      • Awareness
      • Understanding
      • Action
      • Results
      “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Awareness
      Start noticing the ‘tell-tale signs’
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Tell-tale signs 1
      ALWAYS IN A RUSH
      • Having to have things happen ‘right now’
      • Never enough time...
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Impatience
      What is really happening when we are impatient?
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Impatience
      What is really happening when we are impatient?
      In emergency mode
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Impatience
      What is really happening when we are impatient?
      In emergency mode
      That’s why we feel or it seems
      we have to do everything ‘right now!’
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Tell-tale signs 1
      ALWAYS IN A RUSH
      • Having to have things happen ‘right now’
      • Never enough time...
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Tell-tale signs 1
      ALWAYS IN A RUSH
      • Having to have things happen ‘right now’
      • Never enough time...
      • No time for ‘me’ things – I’m last on my list
      • Eating fast
      • Eating while working, no breaks
      • Always on the go
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Tell-tale signs 1
      ALWAYS IN A RUSH
      • Having to have things happen ‘right now’
      • Never enough time...
      • No time for ‘me’ things – I’m last on my list
      • Eating fast
      • Eating while working, no breaks
      • Always on the go
      “To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Tell-tale signs 2
      • Back to back appointments
      • Incessant mind-chatter, buzzing in head
      • Can’t switch off or fall asleep
      • Can’t sit still for five minutes
      • Talking fast
      • Emotional ups and downs
      • Drinking lots of coffee and energy drinks
      “Knowledge without application is useless”
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Insanity
       
      ‘The definition of insanity:
      doing the same thing
      over and over again
      and expecting a different result’
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Keys to health
      ‘There is only one disease in world:
      Ignorance.
      If you know and feel how your body reacts,
      You can change anything’
      Andre Noquet, Aikido Master
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Excellence
       
      ‘We are what we repeatedly do
      Excellence is then not an act
      but a habit’
      Aristotle
      “Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Solutions
      ‘Become aware and take care’
      Self-awareness
      Self-responsibility
      Self-care
      “Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Solutions
      Three-fold approach:
      Self-induced stress
      Become aware
      Change habits
      External Stressors
      Identify
      Resolve
      Proactive self-care
      Look after self
      Daily de-stressing
      “Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Solutions
      Awareness and Action
      Self-induced stress
      Become aware
      Change habits
      “Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Identify self-induced stress
      1. Deal with internal and self-induced stressors:
      • Identify behaviours which perpetuate stresseg. Rushing, back-to-back appointments, missing meals
      • Identify thoughts and feelings which induce stressie. Learn how to manage thoughts and emotions
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Exercise: Stress Inventory
      Exercise: Your ‘stress’ list
      Identify habits and behaviours you have which perpetuate or instigate stress
    • The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good
      Solutions
      Awareness and Action
      External Stressors
      Identify
      Resolve
      “Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle
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      Identify external stressors
      2. Deal with external stressors:
      • Identify work situations which trigger / maintain stresseg. High workload, 2 hour commute, low salary, difficulties with work colleagues
      • Identify personal situations which trigger stresseg. Marital problems, abusive neighbour, unfinished tax return
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      Exercise: External situations
      Exercise: Your ‘deck-clearing’ list
      Identify situations or people which perpetuate or create stress
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      Exercise: 5 Step Process
      Become aware of and identify the situation that is creating the stress or tension inside your body-mind
      Identify the emotions your body is sending you about the situation
      Decide what ACTION you need to take to dispel the emotions
      Take the action
      Notice the result
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      Exercise: I feel, I need
      Situation that is creating stress or tension
      Identify the emotions underneath the stress (nb anxiety is a symptom not an emotion)
      Communicate your feelings about the situation to the person involved using “I feel (sad, annoyed.....)”
      State what you need to feel better (“I need / want...”)
      Put steps 3 and 4 into action
      Notice the result
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      Solutions
      Self-care
      Proactive self-care
      Look after self
      Daily de-stressing
      “Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle
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      Initiate self-care & stress reduction
      3. Self-care and pro-active stress reduction:
      • Learn to put yourself first and meet your needseg. What one thing can you do every day to respect and look after your wellbeing?
      • Put into place regular relaxation inducing exercises
      eg. Walks, Meditation, Qi Gong, Yoga
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      Exercise: Putting self first
      Exercise: ‘How can look after myself today?’
      Every day, when you wake up in the morning, ask yourself:
      “How can I look after myself today?’
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      Exercise: Self-care habits
      Exercise: Your ‘self-care’ list
      Decide what self-care actions you could put into place to look after yourself in your life
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      Life-affirming habits
      Life-affirming vs life-depleting habits:
      • Meditation
      • Qi Gong
      • Walks
      • Yoga
      • Cooking
      • Being outside
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      Exercise: Breathing
      Whole body breathing
      • Stimulates the parasympathetic response
      • Brings us into our body
      • Calms the nerves
      • Brings us into the present moment
      • Calms the mind, stops the mind chatter
      • Metal (breath) cuts wood (thoughts)
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      Exercise: Inner Smile
      The Inner Smile
      • Stimulates the parasympathetic response
      • Calms the mind, relaxes the body
      • Stimulates seratonin, bathes the glands
      • Clears the organs of negative emotions
      • Brings us into our body
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      Exercise: Sunning
      Sunning the endocrine system
      • Stimulates the parasympathetic response
      • Calms the nerves
      • Stimulates seratonin
      • Nourishes the endocrine glands
      • Brings us into our body
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      Exercise: Stop!
      Take a break
      • Take a break from thinking / computer work
      • Go outside, breathe in fresh air, sunlight
      • Go for a walk
      • Do something different, our body NEEDS variety
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      Exercise: Senses Inwards
      Parent organs discipline the child senses
      • Tongue to heart
      • Mouth and lips to spleen
      • Nose to lungs
      • Ears to kidneys
      • Eyes to liver
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      Exercise: Manage emotions
      Emotional energy builds up and blocks the cells. Learn how to clear and transform emotions:
      • Inner Smile Meditation
      • Six Healing Sounds Meditation
      • Qi Gong
      • Accept and feel ‘what is’ without the story
      • ‘This ‘feeling’ is welcome
      • Give emotions your attention – emotions are irrational and cannot be thought away
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      Exercise: Pulling Qi
      Qi is life-force energy
      Qi is energy impregnated with information
      What information are you storing in your body cells?
      Expel stagnant energy and information
      Pull in clear, pure energy and information
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      Five Intelligences
      FIRE
      Spiritual Intelligence
      WOOD
      Intellectual Intelligence
      EARTH
      Practical Intelligence
      METAL
      Emotional Intelligence
      WATER
      Instinctual Intelligence
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      The Art of Health
      • Stress reduction
      • Illness prevention
      • Work-life balance
      • Emotional management
      • Recovery from chronic fatigue, exhaustion, workaholism and burnout
      • Understanding the real cause of symptoms
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      The Art of Health
      Wellness Advisor
      Health Educator
      FengShui Consultant
      Meditation Teacher
      Qi Gong Instructor
      Changing the way you think about health...for good
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      Changing the way you think about health...for good