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How do you handle work pressure?

How do you handle work pressure?

If, no matter the task, you have developed the habit of pushing, pushing, pushing through until you’re done and then moving straight on to the next task, the chances are that you’re living and working with an active stress response. This means that the physiological...

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Talking about trauma

Talking about trauma

There’s a widely held belief, proven over time, that after a traumatic event we benefit from being able to talk about it. It is soothing and reassuring to speak with a sympathetic and understanding person about our fear and pain. It can help us heal. Studies have...

Tracking back to past or recent trauma

Tracking back to past or recent trauma

Bill stopped for coffee on his way home from work. At the last minute he ordered tea instead of coffee, which he normally drank. His first sip of tea was accompanied by the early stages of a panic attack. After a boating accident when he nearly drowned, Bill was...

Trauma

Trauma

Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering. Peter Levine. This week I read about two police officers who recently committed suicide. The suggestion was that stress and trauma related to their work was the likely...

Change is constant, and a sign of life

Change is constant, and a sign of life

A spectacular sunset, the smile of a lover and spontaneous laughter are fleeting and unique experiences. They cannot be grasped tightly but they can be remembered. Resisting change is highly stressful. Whether we resist the change of season, a child leaving home or...

Truth, lies and stress

Truth, lies and stress

Most of us have had unsettling moments around truth and lies. Maybe, as a child, to avoid punishment, we denied doing something relatively insignificant, like leaving a door unlocked. Or later in life we told a “white lie” to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. We may...

Devastation, courage and small acts of love

Devastation, courage and small acts of love

This past week horror entered our homes. We witnessed the devastating ferocity of nature. Neighbourhoods were destroyed and thousands of lives were lost or will never be the same. My heart has felt heavy, enveloped by a sense of weariness and sadness at the enormity...

Stress Vs Trauma

Stress Vs Trauma

- First Published 29 June 2018 STRESS Stress is a heavily used word nowadays. Everyone between the ages of seven and seventy-seven seems to reckon they’re stressed in one way or another. Realistically they may be correct in their assessment, whether they are: a seven...

Understanding Trauma and Related Myths

Understanding Trauma and Related Myths

Myth number one: that PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a military disorder and few people outside combat zones experience trauma. This is a myth. More and more research is finding that trauma affects people of all ages and in all walks of life. Myth number...

Understanding Stress and its dangers

Understanding Stress and its dangers

A caterpillar goes through a natural transformation within a chrysalis to emerge as a butterfly. Humans, on the other hand, face many natural changes through life and cope with them in different ways, depending on personal history, attitudes and beliefs. One person...

3 Keys to the mystery of stress resilience

3 Keys to the mystery of stress resilience

The same situation can throw one person into fear, inner chaos or despair, while another is able to remain positive, proactive and face challenges with enthusiasm. What causes such disparity? Over the years I’ve witnessed many such cases, while supporting people...