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How to reduce stress

  1. 1. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress – The Silent Killer<br />
  2. 2. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Do you get stressed?<br /><ul><li> Do you like being stressed?</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Do you get stressed?<br /><ul><li> Do you like being stressed?
  3. 3. Do you really know what it is?</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Do you get stressed?<br /><ul><li> Do you like being stressed?
  4. 4. Do you really know what it is?
  5. 5. Do you know the damage it causes?</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Do you get stressed?<br /><ul><li> Do you like being stressed?
  6. 6. Do you really know what it is?
  7. 7. Do you know the damage it causes?
  8. 8. Do you know the difference between stress and non-stress?</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Do you get stressed?<br /><ul><li> Do you like being stressed?
  9. 9. Do you really know what it is?
  10. 10. Do you know the damage it causes?
  11. 11. Do you know the difference between stress and non-stress?
  12. 12. Do you want to know how to eradicate it...for good?</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Inner Peace<br />In other words<br />“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller<br />
  13. 13. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Inner Peace<br />In other words<br />Would you like to know how to be in a state of inner peace<br />“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller<br />
  14. 14. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Inner Peace<br />In other words<br />Would you like to know how to be in a state of inner peace<br />All the time?<br />“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller<br />
  15. 15. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Goal for today<br /><ul><li> Information (theory)
  16. 16. Solutions (practical)</li></ul>“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller<br />
  17. 17. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Background<br /><ul><li> Chronic Fatigue
  18. 18. Clinical Depression and Anxiety
  19. 19. Unable to work 7 years
  20. 20. Tried 140+ therapies
  21. 21. Eventually found the answers</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Background<br /><ul><li> 7 yrs – Hayfever, Nosebleeds
  22. 22. 12 yrs - Appendicitis
  23. 23. 13 yrs - Thrush, Candida
  24. 24. 16 yrs – Chronic Bladder infections
  25. 25. 20 yrs – Hives
  26. 26. 26 yrs – Depression, Nervous breakdown
  27. 27. 28 yrs – Lower back problems
  28. 28. 35 yrs – Chronic Fatigue</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Why is stress ‘The Silent Killer’?<br />Hypertension<br /><ul><li> One of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke
  29. 29. Major risk factor for developing heart disease
  30. 30. Known as the "silent killer" because the majority of people who have it don’t know it because there are no apparent symptoms. </li></ul>Source: Heartmath<br />
  31. 31. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Common Denominator<br />Stress<br />
  32. 32. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Part 1 – Theoretical Understanding<br /><ul><li> Facts
  33. 33. Figures
  34. 34. Understanding</li></ul>“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller<br />
  35. 35. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stresstistics<br />Stress – a modern-day epidemic<br /><ul><li> 90% of all health problems are stress related
  36. 36. 90% of the U.S. population suffers from some type of anxiety disorder
  37. 37. Over 70 million people in the United States have hypertension or high blood pressure </li></ul>Source: American Stress Institute<br />
  38. 38. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stresstistics<br /><ul><li> Creates incoherent heart rhythms and high blood pressure
  39. 39. Activates changes in the autonomic nervous system and hormone systems
  40. 40. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States and in most countries today</li></ul>Source: American Stress Institute and Heartmath Institute<br />
  41. 41. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Un-health stats<br /><ul><li> 1890 - 7 known diseases
  42. 42. 2010 - 17,000 legally registered diseases
  43. 43. 1908 - one in 8,000 people diagnosed with cancer
  44. 44. 2010 - anticipated number: 1 in 3</li></ul>Source: Don Tolman, Health Educator<br />
  45. 45. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Workplace Risk Factors<br /><ul><li> Allergies
  46. 46. Asthma
  47. 47. Arthritis
  48. 48. Back pain
  49. 49. Depression
  50. 50. Diabetes
  51. 51. Gastro-intestinal problems
  52. 52. Cardio-vascular problems
  53. 53. Obesity
  54. 54. Stress
  55. 55. Fatigue
  56. 56. Migraines
  57. 57. Blood pressure
  58. 58. Cholesterol
  59. 59. Inactivity
  60. 60. Smoking
  61. 61. Drinking
  62. 62. Drugs</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />New perception of Risk Factors<br />Stress<br /><ul><li> Allergies
  63. 63. Asthma
  64. 64. Arthritis
  65. 65. Back pain
  66. 66. Depression
  67. 67. Diabetes
  68. 68. Gastro-intestinal problems
  69. 69. Cardio-vascular problems
  70. 70. Obesity
  71. 71. Hay fever
  72. 72. Fatigue
  73. 73. Migraines
  74. 74. Blood pressure
  75. 75. Cholesterol
  76. 76. Inactivity
  77. 77. Smoking
  78. 78. Drinking
  79. 79. Drugs</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />So what is stress?<br />First coined in 1930s<br />“The consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal – <br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  80. 80. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />So what is stress?<br />First coined in 1930s<br />“The consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal – <br />to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, <br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  81. 81. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />So what is stress?<br />First coined in 1930s<br />“The consequence of the failure of an organism – human or animal – <br />to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, <br />whether actual or imagined”<br />Source: Wikepedia<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  82. 82. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />A simple definition<br /> <br />‘An internal nervous system response<br />“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  83. 83. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />A simple definition<br /> <br />‘An internal nervous system response<br />where bye the fight-flight (sympathetic nervous) system of the body is triggered <br />“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  84. 84. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />A simple definition<br /> <br />‘An internal nervous system response<br />where bye the fight-flight (sympathetic nervous) system of the body is triggered <br />as a result of either internal or external stressors’<br />Kim Knight<br />“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  85. 85. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /><ul><li> The sympathetic nervous system response</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  86. 86. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /><ul><li> The sympathetic nervous system response
  87. 87. Fight-flight response</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  88. 88. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /><ul><li> The sympathetic nervous system response
  89. 89. Fight-flight response
  90. 90. Red alert</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  91. 91. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /><ul><li> The sympathetic nervous system response
  92. 92. Fight-flight response
  93. 93. Red alert
  94. 94. State of emergency inside body</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  95. 95. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /><ul><li> The sympathetic nervous system response
  96. 96. Fight-flight response
  97. 97. Red alert
  98. 98. State of emergency inside body
  99. 99. Temporary State</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  100. 100. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /><ul><li> The sympathetic nervous system response
  101. 101. Fight-flight response
  102. 102. Red alert
  103. 103. State of emergency inside body
  104. 104. Temporary State
  105. 105. Designed for emergencies to get us out of danger</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  106. 106. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br />“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  107. 107. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br /><ul><li> Blood circulation, heart rate</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  108. 108. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br /><ul><li> Blood circulation, heart rate
  109. 109. Breathing</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  110. 110. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br /><ul><li> Blood circulation, heart rate
  111. 111. Breathing
  112. 112. Digestion, Elimination</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  113. 113. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br /><ul><li> Blood circulation, heart rate
  114. 114. Breathing
  115. 115. Digestion, Elimination
  116. 116. Nervous</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  117. 117. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br /><ul><li> Blood circulation, heart rate
  118. 118. Breathing
  119. 119. Digestion, Elimination
  120. 120. Nervous
  121. 121. Endocrine</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  122. 122. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The stress response<br /> <br /> All systems of the body affected:<br /><ul><li> Blood circulation, heart rate
  123. 123. Breathing
  124. 124. Digestion, Elimination
  125. 125. Nervous
  126. 126. Endocrine
  127. 127. Muscles, Tendons, Bones</li></ul>“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  128. 128. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Relaxation Response<br /><ul><li> Parasympathetic nervous system response</li></ul>“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  129. 129. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Relaxation Response<br /><ul><li> Parasympathetic nervous system response
  130. 130. Calm and relaxed</li></ul>“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  131. 131. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Relaxation Response<br /><ul><li> Parasympathetic nervous system response
  132. 132. Calm and relaxed
  133. 133. Inner Peace</li></ul>“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  134. 134. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Relaxation Response<br /><ul><li> Parasympathetic nervous system response
  135. 135. Calm and relaxed
  136. 136. Inner Peace
  137. 137. Internal systems working optimally</li></ul>“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  138. 138. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /> Our natural state is to be calm and relaxed<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  139. 139. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /> Our natural state is to be calm and relaxed<br /> ...all of the time<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  140. 140. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /><ul><li> Mind is Calm</li></ul>“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  141. 141. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /><ul><li> Mind is Calm
  142. 142. Body is Relaxed</li></ul>“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  143. 143. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /><ul><li> Mind is Calm
  144. 144. Body is Relaxed
  145. 145. This is our natural state</li></ul>“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  146. 146. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /><ul><li> Mind is Calm
  147. 147. Body is Relaxed
  148. 148. This is our natural state
  149. 149. The state of the Tao</li></ul>“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  150. 150. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Yellow Emperor<br />“Be relaxed, calm and natural.<br />If you are living according to the last principle, your pure Qi will continually flow in abundance and with vigour...<br />...when mind, Shen or spirit is in a harmonious state and abiding inward, rather than being orderless, scattered and directed outward,<br />where can illness come from?”<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  151. 151. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /> So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed<br />(parasympathetic mode)<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  152. 152. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /> So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed<br />(parasympathetic mode)<br />Then it must be UNNATURAL to be stressed<br />(Sympathetic mode)<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  153. 153. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /> So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed<br />(parasympathetic mode)<br />Then it must be UNNATURAL to be stressed<br />(Sympathetic mode)<br />Therefore what is normal has become abnormal<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  154. 154. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Paradigm shift<br /> So, if our NATURAL state is to be calm and relaxed<br />(parasympathetic mode)<br />Then it must be UNNATURAL to be stressed<br />(Sympathetic mode)<br />Therefore what is normal has become abnormal<br />What is abnormal has become normal<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  155. 155. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Taoist Theory<br /> Being calm and relaxed is the key to:<br />Health<br />Wealth<br />Longevity<br />
  156. 156. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Taoist Theory<br />HokLokSiu<br />
  157. 157. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Taoist Theory<br />“When we are in a good qigong state <br />which is the healthiest state of life, <br />we should trust that everything that is going to happen <br />will be a good thing”<br />Master Yuan Tze<br />
  158. 158. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress – the root of disease<br />Stress: fertile ground for the cultivation of disease<br />
  159. 159. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The true meaning of stress<br /> Disease is a state of dis-ease<br />
  160. 160. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The true meaning of stress<br /> Disease is a state of dis-ease<br /> Stress is a state of dis-ease <br />
  161. 161. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The true meaning of stress<br /> Disease is a state of dis-ease<br /> Stress is a state of dis-ease <br />of body-mind-emotions<br />
  162. 162. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress is internal<br />Stress is ALWAYS an internal response.<br />“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  163. 163. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress is internal<br />Stress is ALWAYS an internal response.<br />Any external or internal events are merely triggers or ‘stressors’.<br />“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  164. 164. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress is internal<br />Stress is ALWAYS an internal response.<br />Any external or internal events are merely triggers or ‘stressors’.<br />External events are always neutral<br />“I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dwyer<br />
  165. 165. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress is an addiction<br />We have unconsciously trained ourselves to live from the sympathetic nervous system response<br />“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  166. 166. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress is an addiction<br />We have unconsciously trained ourselves to live from the sympathetic nervous system response<br />Step One for any addiction: recognition and acknowledgement<br />“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  167. 167. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Stress is an addiction<br />We have unconsciously trained ourselves to live from the sympathetic nervous system response<br />Step One for any addiction: recognition and acknowledgement<br />Step Two: Change habits and behaviours<br />“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  168. 168. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Stress awareness<br /><ul><li> To measure the level of stress in the body
  169. 169. To differentiate between stress and relaxation
  170. 170. To connect with the body intelligence (internal health monitor)
  171. 171. To find solutions for current problems
  172. 172. To calm the mind and relax the body</li></ul>“An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory” P Hariharananada, enlightened teacher<br />
  173. 173. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Three Brains<br />Brain in head - Intellect<br />Heart Mind - Wisdom<br />Abdominal brain – gut feeling<br />“Sickness is felt, but health not at all”<br />
  174. 174. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The role of emotions in stress<br />“A symptom never comes without a preceding emotion.<br />Symptoms are intelligent and necessary communication from the body to the head”<br />Dr David Mickel<br />“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  175. 175. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Body Intelligence<br />The body’s way of communicating to us:<br /><ul><li> Body sensations</li></ul>“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  176. 176. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Body Intelligence<br />The body’s way of communicating to us:<br /><ul><li> Body sensations
  177. 177. Emotions</li></ul>“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  178. 178. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Body Intelligence<br />The body’s way of communicating to us:<br /><ul><li> Body sensations
  179. 179. Emotions
  180. 180. Stress</li></ul>“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  181. 181. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Body Intelligence<br />The body’s way of communicating to us:<br /><ul><li> Body sensations
  182. 182. Emotions
  183. 183. Stress
  184. 184. Physical, emotional and mental symptoms</li></ul>“Transformation does not come from struggle but from expanding awareness” Adyashanti, enlightened teacher<br />
  185. 185. Levels of body communication<br />Sensations<br />www.mickeltherapy.co.nz<br />www.mickeltherapy.com<br />Gut feelings<br />Sensation without pain<br />
  186. 186. Levels of body communication<br />Emotions <br />Sensations<br />Fear, Worry<br />Sadness, Anger<br />www.mickeltherapy.co.nz<br />www.mickeltherapy.com<br />Gut feelings<br />Sensation without pain<br />
  187. 187. Levels of body communication<br />Emotions <br />Sensations<br />STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED<br />Fear, Worry<br />Sadness, Anger<br />www.mickeltherapy.co.nz<br />www.mickeltherapy.com<br />Gut feelings<br />Sensation without pain<br />
  188. 188. Levels of body communication<br />Mental symptoms<br />Emotions <br />Sensations<br />Anxiety<br />Depression<br />STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED<br />Fear, Worry<br />Sadness, Anger<br />www.mickeltherapy.co.nz<br />www.mickeltherapy.com<br />Gut feelings<br />Sensation without pain<br />
  189. 189. Levels of body communication<br />Physical symptoms<br />Mental symptoms<br />Emotions <br />Sensations<br />Allergies<br />Insomnia<br />IBS<br />Anxiety<br />Depression<br />STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED<br />Fear, Worry<br />Sadness, Anger<br />www.mickeltherapy.co.nz<br />www.mickeltherapy.com<br />Gut feelings<br />Sensation without pain<br />
  190. 190. Levels of body communication<br />Migraines<br />Fibromyalgia<br />CFS<br />Physical symptoms<br />Mental symptoms<br />Emotions <br />Sensations<br />Food intolerances<br />Allergies<br />Insomnia<br />IBS<br />Anxiety<br />Depression<br />STRESS RESPONSE INVOKED<br />Fear, Worry<br />Sadness, Anger<br />www.mickeltherapy.co.nz<br />www.mickeltherapy.com<br />Gut feelings<br />Sensation without pain<br />
  191. 191. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Part 2 – Practical Solutions<br /><ul><li> Awareness
  192. 192. Understanding
  193. 193. Action
  194. 194. Results</li></ul>“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller<br />
  195. 195. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Awareness<br />Start noticing the ‘tell-tale signs’<br />“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  196. 196. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Tell-tale signs 1<br />ALWAYS IN A RUSH<br /><ul><li> Having to have things happen ‘right now’
  197. 197. Never enough time...</li></ul>“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  198. 198. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Impatience<br />What is really happening when we are impatient?<br />“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  199. 199. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Impatience<br />What is really happening when we are impatient?<br /> In emergency mode<br />“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  200. 200. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Impatience<br />What is really happening when we are impatient?<br /> In emergency mode<br />That’s why we feel or it seems<br />we have to do everything ‘right now!’<br />“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  201. 201. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Tell-tale signs 1<br />ALWAYS IN A RUSH<br /><ul><li> Having to have things happen ‘right now’
  202. 202. Never enough time...</li></ul>“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  203. 203. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Tell-tale signs 1<br />ALWAYS IN A RUSH<br /><ul><li> Having to have things happen ‘right now’
  204. 204. Never enough time...
  205. 205. No time for ‘me’ things – I’m last on my list
  206. 206. Eating fast
  207. 207. Eating while working, no breaks
  208. 208. Always on the go</li></ul>“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  209. 209. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Tell-tale signs 1<br />ALWAYS IN A RUSH<br /><ul><li> Having to have things happen ‘right now’
  210. 210. Never enough time...
  211. 211. No time for ‘me’ things – I’m last on my list
  212. 212. Eating fast
  213. 213. Eating while working, no breaks
  214. 214. Always on the go</li></ul>“To see one’s predicament clearly is the first step to going beyond it” EchhardtTolle, best-selling author<br />
  215. 215. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Tell-tale signs 2<br /><ul><li> Back to back appointments
  216. 216. Incessant mind-chatter, buzzing in head
  217. 217. Can’t switch off or fall asleep
  218. 218. Can’t sit still for five minutes
  219. 219. Talking fast
  220. 220. Emotional ups and downs
  221. 221. Drinking lots of coffee and energy drinks</li></ul>“Knowledge without application is useless”<br />
  222. 222. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Insanity<br /> <br />‘The definition of insanity:<br />doing the same thing<br />over and over again<br />and expecting a different result’<br />
  223. 223. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Keys to health<br />‘There is only one disease in world:<br />Ignorance.<br />If you know and feel how your body reacts,<br />You can change anything’<br />Andre Noquet, Aikido Master<br />
  224. 224. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Excellence<br /> <br />‘We are what we repeatedly do<br />Excellence is then not an act<br />but a habit’<br />Aristotle<br />“Sickness is a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation” Gilles Marin<br />
  225. 225. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Solutions<br />‘Become aware and take care’<br />Self-awareness<br />Self-responsibility<br />Self-care<br />“Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle<br />
  226. 226. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Solutions<br />Three-fold approach:<br />Self-induced stress<br />Become aware<br />Change habits<br />External Stressors<br />Identify<br />Resolve<br />Proactive self-care<br />Look after self<br />Daily de-stressing<br />“Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle<br />
  227. 227. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Solutions<br />Awareness and Action<br />Self-induced stress<br />Become aware<br />Change habits<br />“Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle<br />
  228. 228. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Identify self-induced stress<br /> 1. Deal with internal and self-induced stressors:<br /><ul><li> Identify behaviours which perpetuate stresseg. Rushing, back-to-back appointments, missing meals
  229. 229. Identify thoughts and feelings which induce stressie. Learn how to manage thoughts and emotions</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Stress Inventory<br />Exercise: Your ‘stress’ list<br />Identify habits and behaviours you have which perpetuate or instigate stress<br />
  230. 230. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Solutions<br />Awareness and Action<br />External Stressors<br />Identify<br />Resolve<br />“Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle<br />
  231. 231. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Identify external stressors<br /> 2. Deal with external stressors:<br /><ul><li> Identify work situations which trigger / maintain stresseg. High workload, 2 hour commute, low salary, difficulties with work colleagues
  232. 232. Identify personal situations which trigger stresseg. Marital problems, abusive neighbour, unfinished tax return</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: External situations<br />Exercise: Your ‘deck-clearing’ list<br />Identify situations or people which perpetuate or create stress<br />
  233. 233. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: 5 Step Process<br />Become aware of and identify the situation that is creating the stress or tension inside your body-mind<br />Identify the emotions your body is sending you about the situation<br />Decide what ACTION you need to take to dispel the emotions<br />Take the action<br />Notice the result<br />
  234. 234. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: I feel, I need<br />Situation that is creating stress or tension<br />Identify the emotions underneath the stress (nb anxiety is a symptom not an emotion)<br />Communicate your feelings about the situation to the person involved using “I feel (sad, annoyed.....)”<br />State what you need to feel better (“I need / want...”)<br />Put steps 3 and 4 into action<br />Notice the result<br />
  235. 235. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Solutions<br />Self-care<br />Proactive self-care<br />Look after self<br />Daily de-stressing<br />“Excellence is won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is then not an act but a habit” Aristotle<br />
  236. 236. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Initiate self-care & stress reduction<br /> 3. Self-care and pro-active stress reduction:<br /><ul><li> Learn to put yourself first and meet your needseg. What one thing can you do every day to respect and look after your wellbeing?
  237. 237. Put into place regular relaxation inducing exercises </li></ul>eg. Walks, Meditation, Qi Gong, Yoga<br />
  238. 238. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Putting self first<br />Exercise: ‘How can look after myself today?’<br />Every day, when you wake up in the morning, ask yourself:<br />“How can I look after myself today?’<br />
  239. 239. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Self-care habits<br />Exercise: Your ‘self-care’ list<br />Decide what self-care actions you could put into place to look after yourself in your life<br />
  240. 240. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Life-affirming habits<br />Life-affirming vs life-depleting habits:<br /><ul><li> Meditation
  241. 241. Qi Gong
  242. 242. Walks
  243. 243. Yoga
  244. 244. Cooking
  245. 245. Being outside</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Breathing<br />Whole body breathing<br /><ul><li> Stimulates the parasympathetic response
  246. 246. Brings us into our body
  247. 247. Calms the nerves
  248. 248. Brings us into the present moment
  249. 249. Calms the mind, stops the mind chatter
  250. 250. Metal (breath) cuts wood (thoughts)</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Inner Smile <br />The Inner Smile<br /><ul><li> Stimulates the parasympathetic response
  251. 251. Calms the mind, relaxes the body
  252. 252. Stimulates seratonin, bathes the glands
  253. 253. Clears the organs of negative emotions
  254. 254. Brings us into our body</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Sunning<br />Sunning the endocrine system<br /><ul><li> Stimulates the parasympathetic response
  255. 255. Calms the nerves
  256. 256. Stimulates seratonin
  257. 257. Nourishes the endocrine glands
  258. 258. Brings us into our body</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Stop!<br />Take a break<br /><ul><li> Take a break from thinking / computer work
  259. 259. Go outside, breathe in fresh air, sunlight
  260. 260. Go for a walk
  261. 261. Do something different, our body NEEDS variety</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Senses Inwards<br />Parent organs discipline the child senses<br /><ul><li> Tongue to heart
  262. 262. Mouth and lips to spleen
  263. 263. Nose to lungs
  264. 264. Ears to kidneys
  265. 265. Eyes to liver</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Manage emotions<br />Emotional energy builds up and blocks the cells. Learn how to clear and transform emotions:<br /><ul><li> Inner Smile Meditation
  266. 266. Six Healing Sounds Meditation
  267. 267. Qi Gong
  268. 268. Accept and feel ‘what is’ without the story
  269. 269. ‘This ‘feeling’ is welcome
  270. 270. Give emotions your attention – emotions are irrational and cannot be thought away</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Exercise: Pulling Qi<br />Qi is life-force energy<br />Qi is energy impregnated with information<br />What information are you storing in your body cells?<br />Expel stagnant energy and information<br />Pull in clear, pure energy and information<br />
  271. 271. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />Five Intelligences<br />FIRE<br />Spiritual Intelligence<br />WOOD<br />Intellectual Intelligence<br />EARTH<br />Practical Intelligence<br />METAL<br />Emotional Intelligence<br />WATER<br />Instinctual Intelligence<br />
  272. 272. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The Art of Health<br /><ul><li> Stress reduction
  273. 273. Illness prevention
  274. 274. Work-life balance
  275. 275. Emotional management
  276. 276. Recovery from chronic fatigue, exhaustion, workaholism and burnout
  277. 277. Understanding the real cause of symptoms</li></li></ul><li>The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />The Art of Health<br />Wellness Advisor<br />Health Educator<br />FengShui Consultant<br />Meditation Teacher<br />Qi Gong Instructor<br /> Changing the way you think about health...for good<br />
  278. 278. The benefits of reducing and eradicating stress in your life...for good<br />End of Presentation<br /> Changing the way you think about health...for good<br />

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