Monday, 5 March 2018

Reslience - what it is and how to get more of it

I said in my last blog that resilience was the amount of 'bounce back' you have when you’re under pressure. In very simplistic terms, the more resilient you are, the better you cope. So is resilience something you’re born with or can it be learned?

Monday, 8 January 2018

The stress bucket: a new way to think of stress thresholds

Do you remember the ice bucket challenge? The general idea was to let your friends tip a bucket of ice-cubes and cold water over your head - or you had to donate to charity as a forfeit. Look up the videos on you-tube, I'm sure they're still there. My own favourite was actor Patrick Stewart who sensibly put the ice in his drink whilst writing a cheque to his favourite good cause. So what has this got to do with stress thresholds - apart from being deluged with icy water being (I assume) a fairly stressful experience?

Monday, 6 November 2017

Guest blog: 10 Ways to De-stress Your Mind and Body

You probably heard this word a thousand times but do you know what 'de-stress' really means? According to Oxford Dictionaries, de-stress means 'to relax after a period of work or tension'. So whether you’re stressed out or not after work and you take time just to relax, it’s already consider as de-stressing.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Can having a pet help reduce your stress levels?

Many people have observed that their stress levels drop when they have a pet. Various organisations such as Pets As Therapy and Veterans With Dogs have used this knowledge for years, bringing pets to vulnerable people, and seeing excellent results in mood improvement. Those who own a dog are also far less likely to die within a year of having a heart attack than those who don't [1]. Peer-reviewed science is now backing these observations up.