The body responds to pressure by releasing adrenaline and cortisol. Helpful in the short term, prolonged activation of the adrenaline and cortisol response is damaging. The body also has a system designed to help us rest and recover, and we can learn to activate this to help us calm down.
Resilience is both the ability to adapt to changes, and to stand firm when change is happening around you. We can practice how to do both.
In our Challenge of Change Resilience courses, we talk about the need to value and develop our mental health as much as we do our physical health.
We often hope that things will get better, or at least, not worse. Better or worse actually means better or worse 'for me.' What if we could detach and just accept things as they turned out to be without becoming too emotionally attached to the outcome? How much freer would we be?
Fight, flight, flail or freeze. How we respond to perceived threat, the physiology behind our response, and how rumination can prolong it.
Is their room for compassion at work?
The field of stress and stress management has more myths than the traditions of ancient Greece and Rome together.
Why do we ruminate?
A few months ago I attended the 13th annual conference on Happiness and Its Causes in Sydney.
One of the fundamental principles of the Challenge of Change Resilience Training is that stress is not caused by people or situations but is the self-inflicted habit of ruminating about emotional upset.
This year, 2017, is being described as a time of uncertainty, but when was that not the case.
One of the scales on the Challenge of Change questionnaire is titled Perfect Control.
One of our colleagues had planned an afternoon mountain biking with his wife and teenage family.
In the Challenge of Change Profile we have a scale called avoidance coping, which is described as the ostrich principle for dealing with issues – stick your head in the sand and ignore them.
This is a continuation of last week's two part blog. In light of recent tragic international events developing sensitivity to others couldn't be more important.
One of the scales in the Challenge of Change Resilience Profile measures Sensitivity.
Heaven help me, I've just been holidaying with a Toxic Achiever. Do these people never relax?
Robert Ardrey claimed in The Territorial Imperative that a human being is 'as much a territorial animal as is a mockingbird singing in the clear California night'.
We know that expressing emotion is a vital part of resolving experiences and building resilience.
The immediate feedback we receive from our Resilience courses is overwhelmingly positive and very humbling...
There have been many references over the past few years to managers being narcissistic or even psychopathic.
We emphasise that there is no 'good stress', and that all that stress offers is a life that may be shorter and will definitely be more miserable.
The new buzz-word is 'mindfulness'.
Employee engagement is highly correlated with a variety of measures such as productivity, absenteeism, retention, and customer satisfaction.
A recent TED talk by Kelly McGonigal was an opportunity to demonstrate that the earth is not after all flat.
The research programme that underpins the Challenge of Change Resilience programme was based on the fundamental question in science – what's wrong?
What is it that makes an effective manager?
The key to understanding what the programme is about is attention.
Being awake is about having presence of mind, which means that your mind is in the present.
How is Sir Graham Henry coping with the stress of releasing a book and the furore surrounding his suspicion about match fixing in the 2007 game against France?
There's an old joke about the aspiring jazz musician visiting New York and trying to find directions to Carnegie Hall.
The effects of CoC Resilience training on sickness-absence and CoC Profile scores.
Does training actually work?
Many models have been proposed to try to define and explain stress, but a common feature is a reliance on capacity.
Business is based on competition, and it is the choice between competitors that benefits consumers by keeping prices down.
‘Regaining the Trust’, but to regain trust it must once have existed.
During the 1950s and 60s two US Naval surgeons noticed a relationship between the number of things that had happened to people and their tendency to become ill.
We generally attach relaxation to particular times, such as weekends or the summer holiday.
Participants in the Challenge of Change Resilience training sessions spend time at the beginning generating objectives for the day, and a common theme that emerges from the exercise is about sleep.
How often are we told we need to prioritise if we’re to be efficient?
One of the consequences of a recession is a greater need for evidence when making decisions about how to spend a diminishing budget.
The NZ Herald recently carried an article claiming that “showing your anger rather than repressing emotions is the key to a successful life at home and at work”.
New Year is the time for resolutions: a new year, a new opportunity, a celebration to mark the occasion.
In the most recent World Values Survey, which ranks the countries of the world on happiness, Denmark tops the list.
‘Well-being’ and ‘wellness’ are increasingly popular phrases in the training world, but what do they actually mean?
Control your attention
Let it go
Reacting to world events
What is stress?
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