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.

Objectives:

  • 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 its 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.

“Powerhouse! That’s the best description of Jenny Evans and her message. As a powerhouse, Jenny delivers a keynote that is intelligent, inspiring and vital while wrapped in humor and high energy. When Jenny spoke to our international group of educators, she captivated the entire audience with her unique perspective. In today’s fast-paced, stress-filled and economically challenging times, Jenny’s message is crucial to helping individuals discover how truly simple balance can be to obtain. To date, members of our team have integrated Jenny’s information in their lives and implement the knowledge and tools they gained by spending time with this powerhouse.”

Erik Arveseth

Senior Manager, Education, Aveda Corporation