Stress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Paul Taylor |  Date Released : 01 Apr 2008

  • Introduction
  • Parallels of physical and mental stress
  • 10 day survival course in the Navy
  • Energy management in the corporate arena
  • Stress optimization
  • Stress defined
  • EUSTRESS -> Good stress
  • DISTRESS -> Bad stress
  • Finding the stress horizon/threshold - different people different responses
  • Perception – stimulation or stress
  • Coping Strategy – What we do to handle our perception
  • Resilience – Do you bounce back?
  • Time in the womb up to 1 year in life - stress exposure is critical
  • Mother’s stress hormones in the third trimester
  • 95 billion brain cells “trimmed” by the end of our first year
  • The Science of Parenting
  • Brain constructs reality based on the story we tell ourselves
  • Information filters – past experience and emotional response to experience
  • Law of cognitive dissonance
  • What is reality? No such thing?
  • Self Awareness
  • Emotional system of the brain overrides the logic frontal lobe
  • Deep breath… “Let’s think about this.”
  • Step 1: Recognizing what’s going on
  • Change thoughts, behavior, lifestyle nutrition
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (A, B, C)
  • Activating event
  • Belief System
  • Consequence
  • Unraveling beliefs
  • Energy flows where attention goes
  • Neuro-peptide Y & Cortisol
  • Stress shuts down the immune system
  • Effects of training and diet on stress
  • Breaking every 90 minutes
  • High end beta waves
  • Classical music, snack, regular meals
  • Proper sleep routine
  • Deep abdominal breathing
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Massage, Tai Chi
  • Don’t over-train
  • Volume is the main stressor
  • Nutrition – low GI diet
  • Small regular meals
  • No caffeine after 3pm
  • Essential supplements
  • Conclusion

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Paul Taylor

About the author: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is an accredited and practicing Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. He is Director of the Personal Training Academy (an Australian company that runs certification courses for Personal Trainers), a University lecturer in Exercise Science and a presenter at the annual Australian Fitness Industry Expo. He is also a radio presenter and corporate speaker, whose expertise and passion involves anything to do with health, fitness and well being, particularly in the areas of longevity, stress and energy management. Paul has a proven track record in leadership, management and dealing in high-pressure situations, through his roles as an Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and a Helicopter Search-And-Rescue Crew Member with the Royal Navy.

Qualifications: MSc Sports Science; MSc Human Nutrition; BSc Hons; ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Instructor; Cert IV Master Trainer; Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment

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