Thursday, 2 June 2016

2 - All about stress



Feeling stressed out? One thing we know about stress is that it makes things a lot harder - more and more as you reach your personal crisis point. The game show ‘The Cube’ relies on this fact - asking people to perform tasks or challenges that otherwise might be relatively easy, but making them much more challenging by deliberately engineering the situation to put them under as much stress as possible. Check out this example to see how it works - notice how Phillip Schofield (the presenter) ranks up the stress with the things he says as the contestant is getting ready!

Interested in doing some further reading on the physical/physiological impact of stress? For an excellent, fascinating and easy to read book offering an in depth look at just why stress affects is the way it does, get hold of ‘Why Zebras don’t get ulcers’ by Robert M Sapolsky - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Zebras-Dont-Ulcers-Stress-Related-ebook/dp/B0037NX018/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425656659&sr=1-1&keywords=why+zebras+don%27t+get+ulcers
You can also check out some articles by Robert Sapolsky - inc this one on the physiology of stress or listen to the man himself talking about why humans experience so much more stress than other animals.

Ever been hit by unexpected stress? For a great example of an unexpected stress wave (and one of my all time favourite video clips!) check out this vintage clip (featuring a very young Terry Wogan!) and what happens to this news reader just as he is about to go live to camera … 

Refuel: How to balance work, life, faith and church - without burning out by Kate Middleton is available in paperback, priced £9.99. 

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