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It’s Time for a rEvolution: Build Your Resiliency and Conquer Your Stress, 60 Seconds at a Time.
In addition to the demands of your job continuing to increase every year and your personal life becoming more complex, you are likely trapped behind a desk, eating less healthfully than you would like, and don’t have time for exercise or taking care of yourself. In an attempt to cope, you may be skipping your workouts and sacrificing sleep. You might be turning to food, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine to cope. Unfortunately, all of these things are adding to the stress in your life, not reducing it.
Stress “reduction” or “management” isn’t realistic. Your job is never going to ask less of you, nor are your loved ones. This means your only option is to build your resiliency to stress. As part of the rEvolution you will learn there are positive aspects to the stress response and how to use them to your advantage. You will put into practice simple, pragmatic training techniques that will help your body and brain to recover from stress more quickly and efficiently, as well as raise your threshold for it.
You will understand how your environment consciously as well as unconsciously affects your behavior in significant ways, and how to create a microclimate conducive to change – small tweaks at work and home that literally make change a no-brainer. You will also understand how the brain responds to stress and change and how to implement a successful training plan that will work for the long term.
You will be able to realize your full potential and perform your absolute best — professionally and personally — in the face of stress. If these benefits aren’t enough, your health will improve, you will have more energy, you will sleep better and you can lose weight.
- Understand the physiology of the stress response and how it affects cognitive function, focus, decision-making, communication, learning, leadership style and productivity, as well as the structure of the brain
- Learn how dealing with change triggers the stress response and puts “caveman brain” in control, making us highly reactive and emotional
- Discover how to regain access to “advanced brain” and the full array of professional talents and skills during times of change and stress
- Increase your threshold for stress
- Train your body and brain to recover from stress more quickly and efficiently
- Implement strategies to quickly transform the brain and body to a state of optimum performance and access critical business skills during stressful times
- Understand common eating patterns and behaviors that add more stress to the body and ways to eat that will support sustainable performance and energy
- Find out why willpower does not work when it comes to making long lasting behavior change and what to do instead
- Design and implement microclimates full of “optimal defaults” that make positive behavior change automatic
- Leave with a fool-proof action plan for improving resiliency, performance and health
Duration: Half- or full-day and includes up to 100 copies of The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life, 60 Seconds at a Time and up to 100 units of PowerHouse Hit the Deck. Full-day program includes online Resiliency Survey, 3 months of follow-up emails, body fat testing, waist-to-hip ratio, blood work and exercise session.
Why is this topic important? Stress carries a high cost not only personally, but professionally as well, costing the U.S. businesses more than $200 billion per year. The challenging economy, lay offs, uncertain financial futures, working long hours, and doing the jobs of 2-3 people are raising the level of stressors people need to deal with. Companies need to run leaner and meaner, yet health care costs continue to rise. People are busier and more stretched for time than ever, making a healthy lifestyle difficult to achieve.
How is this practical to the worksite? This dynamic speaking engagement combines interactive exercises and enlightening information that provide simple, effective resiliency strategies employees can incorporate into their lives right away. In addition to knowing how to become more physiologically resilient, they will learn nutrition strategies that minimize stress on their bodies that also improve energy, performance and health. These strategies utilize foods that can be found anywhere and encompass a wide variety of options so that executing the strategies on a daily basis is attainable. Participants will also learn how cardiovascular interval training helps expand resiliency to stress and be given a unique tool to be successful with exercise. Lastly, a comprehension of how stress and change affect brain function and creating a strategy to utilize both parts of the brain ensures employees make long-lasting, positive change.
The Nutrition rEvolution: Solutions for No-Stress Eating to Improve Resiliency, Performance and Health
Did you know that what and how you eat can increase your stress? And that stress can increase what and how you eat? Were you aware that many of your food choices are not made consciously? And did you know all of these things are affecting your ability to act and feel your best?
Eating is something we have to do multiple times each day, every day, and the wrong choices can take a toll on our ability to handle stress and perform well at work and home. Many of us inadvertently add more stress to our brain and body with our food decisions: Going too long without eating adds stress. Eating too much places stress on the body. Reaching for sweets, alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine in an attempt to reduce stress does the opposite. Dieting or restricting what we eat places tremendous stress on the brain and body. These feedback loops can have serious negative consequences on our energy, focus, concentration, productivity, sleep, health and weight.
This session reveals the physiological and hormonal connection between stress and our food decisions, and then provides simple, effective strategies that minimize stress on the body and brain. Though these choices and changes will be simple, their effects will be exponential. You will not only develop resiliency, but also improve energy, health and cognitive function.
Though this training session offers very specific methods of improving resiliency through nutrition, there is a tremendous amount of flexibility and freedom within the guidelines to make food choices that fit personal preferences, tastes, desires and availability. Everyone can implement these strategies immediately and successfully, and begin living a more resilient lifestyle.
Objectives: With a blend of humor and science, we will teach you:
- How to eat in a way that increases your resiliency, energy, performance and health
- The physiological relationship between stress, appetite and food choice, and how to positively influence it
- Simple choices that will not only minimize the stress placed on your body and brain, but fuel them both for optimal performance
- “No-Stress” eating and how to easily incorporate it into your daily life
- How many of your food choices are shaped by your environment and made without you knowing it, and how to use this to your advantage
- Why willpower doesn’t work, and what to use instead
- The many opportunities you have from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed that will improve your resiliency to stress
- How to use these strategies so that no matter what food you have available, where you live, your travel schedule, or whether you cook, you can stay balanced during trying times
- That dieting is one of the most stressful things we can do, and how to successfully reduce body fat without any psychological or physiological stress
- The association between stress and body fat and how you can positively influence both your lean muscle tissue and fat mass
Duration: Keynote up to a half-day and includes up to 100 copies of The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life, 60 Seconds at a Time. Half-day session can include online Resiliency Survey, blood work, body fat, and waist to hip ratio measurements.
Why is topic important? We need to bounce back from stress as quickly and efficiently as possible, yet many of us reach for things that increase stress, not diminish it. We are also working and living in environments that make it extremely challenging to eat in ways that improve our resiliency and health. Large amounts of food can be found everywhere, with much of it processed and high in fat, sugar and salt. Our chronically high levels of stress are making us sick, tired, overweight and unhappy. It’s affecting our work and our personal lives.
Initiatives to improve stress, health and wellbeing for the last 50 years have resulted inincreased levels of disease, stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. What we have been doing is making things worse, and it’s critical we take a new and different approach. Simply providing education and asking people to use willpower to make different choices doesn’t work. As one of our most popular sessions in addition to the success we have had helping thousands of people make long-term change, it’s clear this message is essential and effective.
How is this practical to the workplace? Employees benefit from improved wellbeing, energy and ability to deal with stress. The organization sees a return on investment in that employees are more focused and engaged, make better decisions, and can meet the demands of today’s fast-paced, ever-changing work environments. They are also happier, healthier and have fewer health related costs. In addition to less burn-out and turnover, this is an investment companies cannot afford to miss.
Stress-Proof Your Brain
We are not just affected mentally and emotionally by stress – it radically alters the chemistry and physical structures of our brains. Stress diminishes our cognitive function while increasing negative emotional states. It makes portions of the brain relating to fear, anxiety and aggression larger and more active. It also kills cells in the brain related to decision-making, focus, attention, memory, learning, and our ability to accomplish goals. We literally lose our minds when we’re stressed and it keeps us from performing well at our jobs and at home.
Stress-Proof Your Brain will help you understand what happens to your brain and cognitive function during and after stress. This comprehension will help you hone in on how it’s affecting your performance, both professionally as well as personally. More importantly, you will learn how to counteract the negative effects as well as boost your brainpower and positive mood states. You will be able to stay focused, make strategic decisions, have sound judgment and not be a victim of anxiety in the face of stress. In the process, you will also improve your energy, fitness, sleep and resiliency.
- Understand how stress affects brain function, structure and chemistry.
- Learn how to utilize advanced, intellectual portions of the brain during stress instead of the more primitive, reactive ones.
- Improve your mental capital and cognitive performance: decision-making skills, focus, memory, attention and conflict resolution.
- Enhance your ability to access positive emotional states while decreasing anxiety, negativity and reactivity.
- Keep existing brain neurons vital and healthy, while growing new neurons and increasing brain volume.
- Improve your health and resiliency.
Duration: One to three hours, includes online Resiliency Survey and up to 100 copies of The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life, 60 Seconds at a Time.
Why is topic important? Your professional and personal lives are demanding and result in years and years of accumulated stress, which alters your brain and it’s ability to think and feel appropriately. These resulting brain changes dramatically hinder your performance. They can create a vicious cycle where the brain becomes predisposed to be in a constant state of fight-or-flight. They diminish your ability to learn, remember, and make decisions. You become short-tempered, short-sighted and emotionally reactive. They also make it more difficult to successfully manage stressful situations in the future, creating a downward spiral.
How is this practical to the workplace? According to the report The Burden of Stress in America, employees report that stress makes it hard to concentrate at work, more difficult to get work done on time, and makes it challenging to take on extra responsibilities. The pace of business is moving faster than ever. Multiple critical, strategic decisions need to be made quickly, and avoiding costly mistakes is imperative. Multitasking keeps our brains in overdrive.
These influences and changes can have significant consequences on what decisions we make, the way we interact with coworkers and clients, whether we can accomplish long-term goals, and our ability to successfully deal with daily challenges.