Stress Management

Mindfulness Training

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Mindfulness Training

Everyday Mindfulness Training In this post I’m going to talk about mindfulness training. Mindfulness is best described as moment-by-moment awareness. There are four dimensions of mindful moments. They are (1) present centered, (2) non-judgmental, (3) non-verbal, and (4) non-conceptual.     Mindful moments always focus on the present, never the past or the future. Most thoughts are one step removed from the present moment because they focus on the past or future. Mindful moments always exist in the present space and time, a context often referred to as the “here and now.” Mindfulness...

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Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress

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Common Thinking Traps Related to Stress

Rethink Course In my Rethink Course and my book Stress Less, Live More  I discuss ten discuss common thinking traps related to stress. Thinking traps are stereotypical ways of viewing potentially stressful situations that often lead to stress. Most of these traps are so insidious that you don’t even realize that you fell into them let alone that they have triggered a stress response. In this post I’d like to share three of my favorite common thinking traps related to stress. These account for a large majority of my unhelpful thinking. Over the years I’ve become pretty good...

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Are Your Thoughts Helpful?

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Are Your Thoughts Helpful?

Rethink Course Are your thoughts helpful? No one has probably ever asked you this question before. Most folks don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their thoughts. Understanding if your thoughts are helpful or unhelpful in terms of managing your stress is a critical skill you can learn.  Rethink, as a line of defense against stress, focus on what your mind tells you about potential stressors and your ability to cope with them. Since your stress response is triggered by what your mind tells you about potential stressors and your ability to cope with them it makes sense...

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How Much Do You Value Relaxation?

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How Much Do You Value Relaxation?

Relax Course In this post I am going to answer the question, “How much do you really value relaxation? This is an important question to ask because any effort you take to use relaxation strategies to help you manage your stress has to be based on yous values. If you don’t really value relaxation as a way to manage your stress it is very unlikely that you’ll be successful in using it effectively. As I’ve discussed in a previous post, Relax, as a line of defense against stress, revolves around putting your body in a relaxed state that is incompatible with stress and...

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What is True Relaxation?

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What is True Relaxation?

Relax Away Your Stress In this blog post I am going to answer the question, What is True Relaxation? The simplest way to describe true relaxation is that it is the opposite of stress. The relaxed state and the stressed state are the complete opposites. This is why it is impossible to be relaxed and stressed at the same time. The goal of all relaxation training is to induce a relaxation response that cancels out the stress response. Put your feet up and relax The Stressed State As I discussed in a previous post, when you are threatened and feel that you can’t cope, your body triggers a...

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The Five R’s of Coping With Stress

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The Five R’s of Coping With Stress

Introduction to Stress and Coping What Are The Five R’s of Coping? The Five R’s of Coping With Stress is your personal multi-level defense system against stress. To really manage your stress effectively you need a program that targets and attacks all three aspects of stress. My Five R’s of Coping system does just that. Each R is a level of defense that provides multiple strategies to attack one or more of the aspects of stress. The Five R’s: Rethink, Relax, Release, Reduce & Reorganize Rethink Rethink focuses mostly on potential stressors and what your mind tells...

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