Fred is a productivity and business process improvement expert. He has 2 Master of Science degrees. He worked for over 30 years in the computer area of a Fortune 50 company. But Fred also suffered a lot from deep stress. SciStress, a new scientific stress management technique, can give you control. Learn how to get rid of stress to make you successful.
Every day, stress disrupts individual lives at work, school and at home.
Each year, as a result stress causes businesses, communities and the economy billions of dollars in lost time at work, reduced productivity and less creativity.
Stress is behind 80% of all human disease. The word “dis-ease” even points to the relationship to stress.
WHY Scientific Stress Management
Reducing the burden of stress frees unimaginable energy.
Eliminating the subtle inhibitors to performance allows people to be at their best.
Freeing the body of the health sabotaging effects of stress lets it heal and thrive.
Stress drains energy We feel stressed and our body instantly begins to work overtime. It gets ready for “fight or flight”. This preparation consumes enormous amounts of energy. The nervous system switches from parasympathetic mode, or relaxation, where we perform most effectively, to sympathetic mode or stress mode. The result is a whole combination of physical and mental changes to prepare for “a survival emergency”. This automatic response drains our energy and focuses away from our current tasks, from what we want to accomplish now.
Stress blocks performance When our nervous system switches on the stress response and moves to sympathetic mode our performance immediately suffers. Our thinking becomes foggy as up to 70% of the blood flow is reduced to our thinking brain, the prefrontal lobes of the neocortex. The feeling of pressure and anxiety translates in a predisposition to react aggressively or defensively. Our muscles become tense and twitchy causing back aches, headaches and migraines. We tend to tunnel vision. We feel restless and irritable.
Stress sabotages health and well-being The stress reaction causes a whole cocktail of physical changes. They are only useful when we are in a true life or death situation. Frequent stress reactions in normal life will cause increasingly detrimental effects to our health. Stress instantly increases blood pressure and heart rate. Ongoing levels of high stress will therefore predispose us for chronically high blood pressure and heart disease. It causes our liver to pump more glucose into the bloodstream which over time opens the door to diabetes.
Stress will slow down digestion causing indigestion and bloating. The stress hormone cortisol makes us grave sugar and fat. This inevitably leads to bad food choices and over-eating. Resulting obesity reduces lifespan and invites a whole new set of diseases. Long-term exposure to stress will even change the structures of our chromosomes. It will shorten telomeres and thereby accelerate aging.
HOW Can New Scientific Stress Management Help?
Modern stress management is faster and more effective than any conventional methods. It is based on the neuroscience. Better yet, these tools are easy to learn and easy to use. They can be applied anywhere and at any time. You can use them at work and at home, in the car or on the plane, during a stressful phone call or luncheon meeting. You will feel the effects clearly in a short time. These stress management tools can be applied to any problem physical or mental. Results last longer, often are permanent and can even prevent future stress. And it’s easy to train groups of people, large or small.
You are fast becoming skeptical. That’s very natural. How can so much be accomplished so quickly? How could the tools be helpful for so many kinds of problems? And how could such powerful tools be learned so easily?
Important questions. They deserve clear and unequivocal answers.
Why are modern scientific stress management tools so amazingly effective?
Because they aim directly at that part of the brain where the stress response is generated.
They virtually instantly calm the stress response in the exact location in the brain where it is generated. Therefore, the tools allow the nervous system to switch quickly from stress mode, sympathetic, to relaxation mode, parasympathetic.
Switching quickly to parasympathetic, relaxed mode, changes all the body’s and the brain’s functions. Instead of the toxic cocktail of stress reactions the nervous system switches to a symphony of positive changes. These changes counteract the negative effects of stress on performance, health and well-being.
WHAT Are the Tools to Make this Happen?
What is SciStress scientific stress management? SciStress provides natural tools to quickly induce changes in neural functioning. They are based on rhythmic tapping on sensitive acupressure points on the body. This tapping generates electrical impulses which the nervous system immediately transmits to the stress centers of the brain. These rhythmic signals are not compatible with the typical survival signals which generate stress. Therefore, the stress centers switch off the survival alarm. The nervous system returns naturally to the parasympathetic relaxation mode of functioning.
What happens to the thinking brain and the rest of the body? Immediately more blood and oxygen returns to our prefrontal lobes. Our thinking is clear again. Our memory becomes unfrozen. Tunnel vision recedes. Our focus broadens. Aggressive or defensive overreactions dissipate as adrenaline levels drop. Muscles relax and any tension induced headaches or backaches ease away. Blood pressure, blood sugar and pulse rate levels return to normal.
Do you have to tell everyone about your problems? Is this some kind of therapy? Absolutely not. These powerful tools are used by each individual by themselves and for themselves. Even when you work with the tools in a group or with a coach your privacy can be fully maintained. Don’t you have to tell your coach or other people in a group what your stress inducing problems are? Again, absolutely not. Even when you work with a coach on very intensive stress issues you do not have to disclose what they are! The tools are perfect for effective self management.
Obviously, in a coaching or training situation you can talk about what issues cause your stress. An experienced coach may then be able to help relate your experience to that of others and how they solved it. In a team situation you may help other team members by discussing your stress issues. However, this is always your personal choice. You do not have to disclose your issues in order to apply the techniques successfully. You alone make this choice.
Outcomes: Results of Scientific Research
A significant body of research is available. This is true in spite of a lack of funding for these new techniques by either institutions or government. This research shows consistent and fast improvements in anxieties. Anxieties inhibit performance. Here are some related outcomes:
Eliminate the fear of public speaking and test anxiety
Improve communication skills and academic performance
Reduce mental and psychological distress
Manage occupational stress
Further areas of effectiveness identified by research:
PTSD which affects veterans but also victims of accidents and abuse
Food cravings and unhealthy eating
Even addictions, e.g. smoking, and relief with mental health problems
Outcomes: Case Studies and Practical Experience
Over 8000 case studies have been recorded demonstrating the effectiveness of the tapping techniques in virtually any problem area, any distress and even many diseases. A few example are:
Overwhelm and burnout
Anxieties and phobias
Fear of failure, fear of success or “feeling like a fraud”
Poor decision making
Again, how can this be possible? Because the rhythmic tapping signals are transmitted directly to the stress causing survival functions of the subconscious part of the brain. That part of the brain initiates the “fight or flight” survival response. If that fight or flight response is mild, feelings of stress and discomfort are also mild, sometimes barely noticeable. Yet even these light reactions surreptitiously affect performance and well-being. If this survival response is powerful, then the feelings of distress, pain and discomfort are also powerful, at times overwhelming. In those instances we cannot function successfully or in the extreme cannot function at all.
What is the the most central and powerful element of brain and nervous system? It’s the survival function! It affects everything in body and mind. We wouldn’t have survived as a species without it. Therefore, the ability to calm this response will also affect everything in body and mind!
The Vision for a Healthy, Thriving Organization
How can such easy to use natural tools help an organization, small or large, be healthy and thriving? Because when the cells of the body are healthy the whole body becomes healthy. Because when the employees of an organization are healthy and function at their best the whole organization is healthier and functions optimally.
Imagine the health of your employees steadily improving as they manage their stress levels with ease. They can reduce any stress during their day-to-day work without taking more than a few minutes. Imagine overwhelm, burnout, and resistance to change gently receding week after week. Imagine absenteeism and healthcare costs steadily decreasing month after month.
Imagine the performance of your team steadily increasing. As your team members and employees continuously reduce the inhibitors to their performance with ease, what will that mean for your organization? Can you see enthusiasm rising? Can you see results improving while your employees stress level drops. Can you see the instances of “dis-stress” gently transforming to positive “eu-stress”? Can you envision the freed up energy and creativity?
Imagine your management team further improving their focus, their communication amongst themselves and their employees, and their performance without increasing pressure and stress. Imagine how this can make their lives at home with families and friends better. Imagine the possibilities to bring this to your schools, your civic organizations and into your communities.
How can we make this vision a reality together?
There is research and the vast body of experience with individuals. There is an even greater opportunity bringing these powerful tools into organizations. What is missing now is the research to prove and quantify the results in organizations.
If you want to be part of leading this effort, if you want to help prove the results in your organization we urge you to contact SciStress. Together we can lay out simple low cost and low risk pilot studies. We can demonstrate and quantify the benefits for your organization and your team. Your risks are minimal:
You contribute only your time and that of the research participants. At a minimum everyone will learn powerful stress management techniques to use for themselves. Yet there is so much more to gain.
We will contribute our time, experience and expertise pro bono. Our only requirement is that we publish the results of the studies.
Your SciStress Team stands ready to move forward together!
Fred George Sauer, MS, MS Eng, Stress Management Coach, Business Process Improvement & Productivity Specialist, Author Judith Lynch-Sauer, PhD, RN, Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Hey, what has the New Year to do with the one to 80 advantage? Advantage over what?
Okay! This has something to do with New Year’s resolutions. It has also something to do with how your mind works.
The new year just started and very likely you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions. The new year seems to you like a great opportunity to make a new start and do better this year than last.
Now here is it where you can improve your chances to be successful by a factor of 80. Sounds pretty unbelievable, right?
How can you make your chances to succeed 80 times greater? Naturally you have some doubts. And yet there is research and practical experience which shows there is a workable system to do it.
Want to find out more? Then read on.
What is this system? What can make it 80 times more likely for you to achieve your goals for the new year? There are basically 2 steps:
Write down your goals. This has a couple of advantages. One it forces you to be clearer about what you want to achieve. Writing it down makes it more concrete. Secondly, you can post that piece of paper with your goals at a convenient place to remind you often. Both research and practice show that this will make it 10 times more likely for you to achieve your goals.
Read your goals out aloud at least once every single day – until they become reality! I’m sure reading them a couple of times won’t hurt either. Reading them aloud will not just remind you of your goals, it will help your subconscious mind to give your goals an increasingly high-priority. The research shows that this will make it 8 times more likely to achieve your goals over just having your goals written down.
So here is the math of success: 10 times 8 and voila here is 80! When you write down your goals and read them at least once every day out loud your chances for success improve 80 times. That is 80 times over just thinking about some goals for the New Year and not writing them down or reading them out regularly.
What do you think? Is such an advantage worth a little daily effort???
Here are 2 more tricks to make your goal setting work even more effective. The key here is that it is the subconscious part of your mind which will do most of the work for you. Therefore, you have to make your goals easy and convincing for your subconscious:
Make your goal a powerful statement – “Affirmation”
First, here are some rules which make your subconscious understand what you want.
Your subconscious cares only about YOU. Therefore make your goal an affirmation statement about you (I, myself, me)
Use the present tense. The subconscious knows only the now, no past or future.
Make it a positive statement. The subconscious ignores negatives, e.g. in “don’t smoke” it hears only “smoke”.
Short and emotional phrases stick in your subconscious much easier.
Example: I love an exciting well-paying job (it’s “me”, in the present, positive and emotional).
Picture your goal vividly – “Vision Board” Pictures go directly to your subconscious and stick there. Your goals automatically get support. A fun and easy way to do this is with a “Vision Board”. Find photos and artwork from magazines, the web or newspapers which make you feel good and represent your goals in some exciting way. Take these pictures and clue or tape them to a bulletin board. Hang the board at a place which gives you some privacy but also where you can see it easily and frequently. A workshop participant in Germany told me she did this for several years each New Year and each time succeeded achieving at least 80% of her goals.
OK, now get going to start your New Year out with a powerful initiative. That’s how you get control.
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The holidays are coming. That's exciting, so much fun and joy! And yet this can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Stress can suddenly jump up right in front of you where you least expect it. Something important doesn't work the way you planned, somebody who has hurt you shows up suddenly, or worse nothing happens and you are all alone. We'll talk about a few of these to get you well prepared.
Good stress, bad stress
Let's not forget that for most people the holidays are a wonderful experience. There is excitement, anticipation and preparation. Even if there are some big stresses with the season, much of the time it can be a great experience. And just as well one single bad thing can ruin it. So what is this thing with good stress - bad stress?
Hans Selye, the Austrian-Canadian genius, researched and defined stress. He talked about eustress and distress. Everybody knows what distress is all about. It's something which makes you feel bad, unhappy, scared or angry. A lot of distress will even make you sick. Eustress is just the opposite. "Eu" comes from Greek and means good. So eustress literally means good stress. With good stress you feel excited, challenged, motivated and fulfilled. So for the holidays you want the good stress and not the bad.
Your old brain causes all this stress
You want the good stress, the excitement, the good feelings with family and friends. It's important to know that bad stress comes from your old brain. The big problem with the old brain is that you don't have direct control over it. That part of your brain sits deep down in your skull below your thinking brain. It pretty much does what it wants.
Its function is to keep you safe, but that was created for very different circumstances. Your old brain was created for you to survive as a hunter and gatherer tens of thousands of years ago. It can't change quickly enough for modern life. But it is your old brain which runs your decisions, your feelings and your automatic reactions in your life.
Your old brain and your holidays
To keep you safe the old brain "thinks" that any change is dangerous. It basically tells you to keep things the same. It actually doesn't think. Your old brain is subconscious and has no logic.
First and foremost the nature of old brain programs say, "you have survived this far, therefore we don't want to change anything." This is the main reason that even the unfortunate things you do in your life are so difficult to change. That's true for example for too much eating, drinking, smoking, etc. and worse!
The second thing your old brain does, it keeps score of all the bad things which ever happened to you. It actually controls our long-term memory.
E.g., your dad or teacher criticized you, somebody hit you, treated you badly, anything like that will be recorded. Here are two examples of how this works.
Say your mom made each holiday perfect. Everything was beautiful and every detail was perfection, for example from Thanksgiving turkey to table settings, from guest list to menu and drinks. Perhaps she didn't go to work and had the time or she ran herself ragged to make it perfect. Perhaps now you are the working parent already stretched to the limit.
Be honest, having her example can you relax and have a simpler holiday? Can you now change, make dinner easy, use paper plates and buy the turkey already cooked? You see this sounds so simple but is not easy. This would be logical for you to do and yet your old brain has no logic and says no. It just wants you to do things the same way your family has always done.
Or let’s look at something worse … On holidays your family home was not a happy place. There might be tension, opinionated righteousness, then sharp words, too much alcohol and verbal fights. And some of you may even have experienced violence. Unfortunately your old brain thinks that is okay. You did survive and thus the old brain programs say that all that happened is important to help you survive now again. Those subconscious programs are most difficult to change. You may need help from people experienced in such work, well qualified and familiar with modern techniques which help you fast.
What do you want?
This is important. Take inventory. Write it down. What do you want? What worked well, what did you like in holidays of past? What did you see others do that was both easy and was fun? What else would feel good and make it fun for you and yours?
To get control over old brain impulses it is important you start with what you want and what you like!
Why is it a good thing to write it down?
Again, it is your old brain. As you move to write, get your paper or tablet - hey, not ancient stone tablet - your old brain gets activated and starts to pay attention. Actually, the stone tablet was only half a joke; to carve it into stone really would get your old brain fully involved. So write down what you like. Write down some features of the happy past. That will give both your thinking brain and your old brain focus. Your emotions will be positive and strong.
Now think of things you don't want, past events on holidays which led to pain. Next think of ways to plan your holidays which will make sure these don’t recur. Write down specific ways for each problem not to happen again. Some examples:
get festive paper plates to make the cleanup easy
prepare a simple healthy meal or order it already prepared
serve beer and wine and not the whiskey, have some sparkling water for the thirst, this way your guests won't get rowdy
prepare ideas for small talk (F.O.R.D. = Family, Occupation, Recreation and Dreams) and stay clear of politics if necessary
set people's expectations in advance and let them know just why you make the change.
Now cross off each item on the list that you don’t want. Your old brain wants some action, so crossing it out makes it more real.
This will tell your subconscious it's not needed anymore. Next read out loud all the good things you are planning. Again your old brain hears it and will change with greater ease.
Old wisdom and the new
Why is your old brain so powerful? Why does it make you do things you don't really want anymore? Why are you not even aware of it?
Because it is your survival function, you wouldn't live without it.
Because it is suspicious of each change, it doesn't want you to try something new, that could be “dangerous”.
Because it is deep down below your conscious mind, your logical thinking cannot reach it easily.
Old wisdom: "If you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got."
How does your old brain stop you from trying something new? It will cause stress! And stress will pull a lot of blood automatically (up to 70%) from your new brain where all your thinking happens. Your thinking brain has no more oxygen, you feel fogged up, anxious and not clear. Actually, we wrote a special report with all 10 dangers caused by stress, click here and get it free.
Easy way to manage old brain stress
Your brain is fogged up, no clear thinking, procrastination, indecision.
That is what happens without oxygen in your "new" brain, the only place where you have logic and can think. What can you do? How do you get oxygen and blood where you now need it most?
There is a simple answer your old brain likes.
Get out and move! Take a brisk walk, go to the gym, do your favorite workout! Get breathing deeply, work up some sweat. Now your blood flows full of oxygen. Your thinking brain works well again. Clarity, energy and focus have returned. Now you can make new decisions and take new actions with success.
This is the best time to make new plans, be well prepared and now create your holidays to be refreshing, full of fun. Leave out the drudgery, complexities and stress. KISS, Keep It Simple Smart one,
Make your holidays simple, easy, fun. Create new memories for your old brain to be proud of!
Best wishes for a great Thanksgiving and all the coming holidays from your still not totally stress free stress coach, Fred George Sauer
In July we had planned a Focus Group to find out what participants would think about our SciStress training and what results they could achieve in a short time. We concentrated what normally would be a full day’s training into 2 ½ hours. I felt that was a challenge. Also, everyone had indicated in a pre-survey that they were quite skeptical to begin with.
So I was pleasantly surprised how much we could pack into that short a time. I was even more surprised about the results our participants could achieve. Now take a look at the brief videos to find out what some of them had to say after the training.
"Afterwards, I felt more relaxed and peaceful. I’m excited to go home and build it into my daily routine." - S.H.
How was your experience with SciStress? - #05 - YouTube
"The first time I had a really strongly troublesome memory like a 9 or a 10 on the troublesome scale and just doing one quick round it had come down to about a 4 and we did it again and it was about a level 2 or 3." - V.M.
How was your experience with SciStress? - #02 - YouTube
Want to get the same results for yourself? Here is how you can find out! You can learn the SciStress Techniques and why they are so easy and work so well from the book "The Girl Who Couldn't Laugh: The Neuroscience of Stress Management." This book tells you how your mind really works, how it creates problems for you at times, and how you can manage those problems more easily. We make that bit of science easy and fun to understand. We do that with personal stories of people’s experiences. It’s a journey of discovery into your own mind. >> Learn More
Enjoy the journey! Your stress coach, Fred George Sauer
Less than 100 years ago, when you had a wound infection, you could easily die a slow, grueling death. Families and the medical profession had ways to make this difficult and uncertain recovery as easy and comfortable as possible. They would make the patient rest, clean the wounds, give some light food and drink, cool the fever with a wet cloth or ice. Then they’d pray and hope for the best. There was nothing more they could do. If the infection was serious, death was certain.
A big change then Today we know that a new method was coming which would help those afflicted. With this they’d recover quickly. Death was defeated. The new method was developed by Alexander Fleming in 1929. He saw that molds killed bacteria in the laboratory. So he developed an extract from the molds to kill the infection bacteria inside of people. Penicillin was born. By the way, Fleming’s discovery was actively discredited and rejected by the established professionals at the time. He was actually laughed out of professional meetings because his ideas were so “ridiculous.”
Once an effective form of penicillin was widely available shortly after World War II, the old rituals of attending to the infected patients would quickly vanish. All you had to do was administer the precious white powder, penicillin, and within a few hours a quick recovery would begin. After nearly 20 years, Dr. Fleming and his new methods were widely recognized. Then British royalty knighted him Sir Alexander Fleming.
A big change today Now we have a new powerful method to deal with emotional trauma. This new method works so fast and is so effective that established professionals in the field again ridicule it. They cannot believe something would work 10 to 100 times faster than the old tools they are used to.
Over 20 years ago one of the founders of these techniques demonstrated multiple times at a VA hospital that PTSD can be healed in a few hours. Yet only a few months ago has the US Veterans Administration even permitted use of the techniques. VA psychiatrists just could not accept that something they couldn’t accomplish in months or years could be dealt with of in a few hours or days.
Healing the broken heart now In my own work the “broken heart syndrome” is particularly easy and quick to heal. Over the past dozen years I have frequently coached people how to do this. Note, I taught them to do this for themselves. I didn’t do it for them! Modest training by a skilled coach can do it. The time required is usually miraculously short, an hour or two, sometimes less. I am talking here only about a single loss of a loved one, the loss of a previously loving relationship or even a single bad experience like an accident. Obviously this does not apply to complex multi-year or repeated bad experiences. That would take more training, work and skill.
Results are typically fast and consistent There are 3 main phases when working with a single, straightforward loss or other traumatic event.
Phase 1 RELIEF: the pain and shock of the situation diminishes. The facial expression of the client changes dramatically. There are typical reactions: deep breathing, sighing, yawning, tears, smiles or even laughter. These are clear signs of a shift, release and relief.
Phase 2 REALIZATION: the client notices the speed and depth of the transformation they had just achieved. They are puzzled. Surprise how such pain and drama can disappear so quickly sinks in. Just minutes before, their problem had overshadowed their life deeply and incessantly. They often feel the need to talk about this shift. Some say they need to “pinch themselves” to test if it is real.
Phase 3 RESULTS: clients process the new situation. They begin to think about the positive aspects and opportunities which now present themselves. For example after the painful loss of a loved one, now the individual will spontaneously begin to talk about the fond, beautiful memories with that person. With the pain gone the love, beauty and positives of the past can reemerge. Or they get ideas how to deal constructively with a los, e.g. the boyfriend dumped her, now she can see the past problems with him. She decides to look for a new and more supportive relationship.
There is no secret This process and the results can be easily demonstrated. It doesn’t take that much to show how fast and thoroughly these techniques work. Why don’t you know about it? Why do the professionals not use them?
You actually may know about the techniques. Yet you may not realize how important these natural easy to learn and easy to apply techniques are. The established professional community still has their collective heads in the sand. This is actually quite natural if you understand how the brain really works. Here are the facts:
The generic name for these techniques is “Meridian Tapping Techniques” or MTT for short. The most popular of the techniques is EFT as developed by Gary Craig in the mid-1990s. The original techniques were developed in the early 1980s by Roger Callahan as Thought Field Therapy or TFT. Dr. Callahan published his first book on the techniques in 1985. And just like Dr. Fleming before him, he was laughed out of the room by his closed minded colleagues (again, this is a common survival brain reflex in well established experts).
At least 12 to 15 million people know about and use EFT and related techniques. We know this from web traffic. Many thousands of professionals in at least 50 countries around the world are using the techniques. There are hundreds of books in many languages. Yet the establishment still largely ignores MTT. Now this is slowly changing. As mentioned above the US Veterans Administration just opened the door to using these techniques for their PTSD afflicted veterans. Significantly the famous Harvard psychiatrist professor Bessel Van Der Kolt strongly endorses EFT in his recent workshops for mental health professionals (his well-known book “The Body Keeps the Score” published 3 years ago unfortunately doesn’t mention EFT yet).
Lastly, it is not generally well understood why and how the techniques work. Even the professionals who use the techniques and know they work do not know why. That makes it much more difficult for lay and professional users alike to accept the full impact and power they provide.
Connecting the dots After working with the techniques for a number of years I ask myself that question, why does EFT work so fast? Why does it have such a wide spectrum of application? I began to study the brain and the neuroscience of mind and emotions. It became clear the key lay in the human survival function and stress. Connecting the dots of my experience working with people, the neuroscience, and the brain’s stress mechanism, things began to make sense. Now I started to understand how and why MTT works.
After a decade of experience working with hundreds of people in thousands of session things came together. Insights from neuroscience and how the humans function under stress suddenly made sense. I could see it work in my coaching clients right in front of me. Further improved techniques and my discoveries of how it all fits together have now been documented in my book: “The Girl Who Couldn’t Laugh: The Neuroscience of Stress Management.” Amongst many other things the book gives you a thorough introduction to:
how the ancient survival impulse in our brain secretly dominates our lives
how stress and negative feelings are the direct results of this survival impulse
why the stress survival functions are hidden in the subconscious
how that hidden part of the brain is quickly calmed by the nerve signals generated through Meridian Tapping
how the survival brain function prevents established experts from being less open to radical new developments
how classical EFT can be made even more powerful and accessible with the improved SciStressEFT I have developed
You may realize how valuable this information is for you personally, your loved ones and others around. Anyone who suffers from the stress and heartbreak will benefit. It’s easy to get this book with this link
Readers tell me the book is fun to read and the science has been made easy to understand and brought to life with stories of real people and their experiences.
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What we need:
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You learn to perform SciStressEFT by yourself to manage any stress anytime
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Are you kidding me? No I’m certainly not kidding! Most organizations handle stress at the door. You are puzzled?
Do you have a job? Then you made it through the door, HIRED!
Corporations and other organizations want to be sure the people they hire can perform and contribute. They checked your record of past work, your education, and your attitude and behavior during the interview process.
Companies don’t really think about that process as keeping stress out. They just look at performance and potential. There are 2 reasons they don’t even think about stress.
It is generally not well understood that stress is the root cause of poor performance and low potential.
It is even less well understood that stress is a result of the basic survival programming in an individual’s brain. Therefore it determines their ability to function well or not.
Why should you care?
Because it is not enough that you made it through the “Door”. There is always stress at work, at home and everywhere. That’s a normal part of life. In terms of neuroscience the survival programming deep in the subconscious part of your brain will always be challenged. How well you deal with it affects not only your work and career progress. How well you deal with it affects your personal life, health, happiness and your loved ones around you.
That’s why it pays to be alert to how you manage your stress.
Personal stress management - WHY?
First, stress instantly affects your performance. There is less blood and oxygen in the thinking part of your brain. Plus your stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline tend to make you either overly aggressive or defensive. The latter happens when you perceive yourself in a situation as powerless. This can happen at work and at home.
Secondly, over time stress sabotages your health. Cortisol keeps you awake and restless at night. Poor sleep causes you more stress the next day. Stress causes your liver to put more glucose into your blood. Sitting at your desk will cause it to be turned into fat. Stress increases your cravings for sweets and fat, you know what that means. Stress will reduce the blood flow to your digestive system thus debilitating your metabolism. It increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Over time these factors will increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and being overweight.
What can you do?
There is a lot you can do to avoid the negative effects of stress. It will take a whole book to do this because all of the ways you can reduce stress. So for today let’s just provide a brief summary.
Keep a positive attitude Stress has a lot to do with how you perceive the situation. For example, somebody gets fired. Someone with a very positive attitude will say, “hey this is a great opportunity to look for a better job.” Another one who is in the habit of always looking at the negative side will feel terrible and depressed. A little oversimplified, but attitude has a lot to do with it. Stress has a lot to do with whether we perceive a situation as threatening our survival or not.
Move, walk and exercise Moving your body and exercise has a huge positive impact on managing your stress. There is a simple reason for that. Stress is a result of our most basic survival impulse, fight or flight. The stress response mobilizes everything in your body to move quickly, either to run away or to fight for your survival. When you move and exercise your body can normalize again without leaving negative side effects.
Eat healthy food The main functions of your body, metabolism, digestion and brain functions haven’t changed much in the last 50,000 years. That’s why the stress and survival functions still follow the ancient rules of millennia ago. That’s also true for the kind of food your body can use to be healthy. Your body thrives on natural foods of the hunters and gatherers. Fresh green vegetables and legumes, some fruits and nuts, perhaps some white grains and seeds, and animal proteins and fat.
Laughter, meditation, mindfulness and yoga A good belly laugh can reduce stress in your body for up to 4 hours! Meditation, mindfulness and yoga all relax your body and calm your anxious brain. These practices are not always easy to use during high stress. They take discipline, training and persistence. Yet the effect can make your life easier and more fulfilling.
What to avoid
Refined sugar There was no refined sugar then. There were no processed foods designed to addict your taste buds and maintain weeks and months of shelf life. Why do they put sugar in everything from bread to even hot dogs and sausages? Because sugar is so addictive you eat more of their products. An extreme example is beef jerky which is supposed to be a healthy protein. It has often 4 to 6 grams of sugar added to it. The same is true for much of so-called “healthy” whole grain bread. Sugar puts enormous stress on your health and well-being. It is causes of low-grade inflammation which results in muscle and body aches. Cutting out sugar is difficult because it’s so addictive. To help you there dozens of books available.
High stress organizations Organizations just like people have their own stress profile. Sometimes the business is super high paced and demanding. But if the company has good policies, systems and management these demands can be fun, exciting and challenging in a positive way. Then the stress can be managed well. On the other hand there are organizations which have dysfunctional systems and bad policies, even abusive management. That makes it hard or impossible to handle your stress. It may be time to look discreetly for a better company and job.
Getting shown to the door - FIRED
If people don’t function well the organization will send them out. For the organization to function well, they cannot have people who don't deal with stress effectively and therefore don’t do their job well. You can look at the top ten negative effects of stress and see how they will inevitably cause problems at work and in business. Therefore, it’s so important to keep your stress down. This allows you to perform at your best. This makes you most competitive and least expendable. The company will need you even in difficult times when others have to leave.
Getting an edge - GOOD STRESS MANAGEMENT Now it is clear that good stress management can really give you an edge. Not only does it make your life easier. It makes your work and profession more fun. Ease and fun make your body and your mind healthier and happier. Isn’t that worth getting into a habit of managing your stress well?
Your expert, working hard to keep stress low and managed with ease, Fred George Sauer
“I could kick myself” Did you ever come out of an important meeting and just after you walked out you realized you had forgotten to make one really important point? Did somebody, maybe a boss or coworker, criticize, attack or embarrass you? You handled it as well as you could at the time. And yet a little bit later you thought, “why didn’t I do this?” Or “why didn’t I say that?”
You are not alone! Believe me this happens to a lot of people a lot of the time. Certainly it has happened to me. I remember pitching an important project to a director in the company. I felt certain I communicated the benefits of the project well. Yet I noticed still some subtle expression of discomfort or doubt. Maybe the approach was too new and unfamiliar. Maybe some past experience bothered her. I noticed her uncertainty but didn’t probe any further. Shortly afterwards it became very clear to me that I missed a chance to really connect. I could have gained the director’s trust. How could I have missed that opportunity?
The annoying pest Or think of another situation. Someone says a nasty thing to you or treats you badly. You give them a piece of your mind. Yet afterwards you still feel bad. Certainly you think why didn’t I do this or do that? There is an important reason why shortly after a critical situation you think of a better solution.
Why does this happen? Because our brain reacts to the subtle stress of the situation. It is an ancient survival impulse. The subconscious part of your brain manages that survival effect. It is the Fight, Flight or Freeze Response. I call it the 3 F’s. What happens? You feel a little pressure, some subtle anxiousness barely noticeable. Yet the 3F mechanism will immediately pull blood out of your thinking brain. There is less oxygen and your thinking slows, even gets just a little foggy. Your focus narrows and some tunnel vision limits your perception. The 3F reflex gets you ready for fight or flight or worse freeze, which is playing dead. But that makes you less effective in a stressful situation in modern life.
Stress is a natural reaction So any stress, whether it is just a slight annoyance barely felt or big shock which overwhelms, is a result of our natural survival reaction in the brain. In seconds it changes the functioning of your body and mind. We covered that in detail in a free report.
Be prepared! That is why learning to manage your stress on a daily basis is so important. You never know when a stressful situation triggers this automatic reflex. Often you barely notice that some subtle stress starts to distract your mind. But at a moment’s notice it will affect how you react and how well you get along. It will dictate how successful you are in that moment. If you manage your stress you will do well. If you manage your stress you will have nothing to regret or feel unhappy about later on.
At the time the problem I described above happened I didn’t know about stress and what to do about it. That I didn’t discover until years later. Now I’m better prepared and you can be too.
Your stress analyst still not quite perfect;) Fred George Sauer
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