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.
"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.
What are other participants saying? You can watch the rest of the videos here.
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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:
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:
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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Feedback from participants in the last Focus Group:
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.
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
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.
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
Fred George Sauer Founder of SciStress
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