AuthorJohn Townsend

My name is John Townsend and I have been working as a Stress Management Consultant since 1986. My seminar, Get Tough With Stress, has been presented to thousands of people throughout the world and shows people how to toughen up to stress and to transform stressful experiences into valuable learning experiences. My clients include many of Australia’s largest companies plus Australian Government Departments and agencies. One of my greatest personal joys was to present my Get Tough With Stress programme to staff of the Australian Parliament. Over the past 15 years I have been presenting to large numbers of Chief Executive Officers through an organisation called The Executive Connection (TEC). I have been privileged to receive the highest honours bestowed on speakers by TEC, an organisation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives. Follow John on LinkedIn: townsend-international-pty-ltd

Depressive Slumps and How to Treat Them

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Our emotions are delicately balanced. The balance can be disturbed when we over-extend the nervous system. In times of high arousal the nervous system is working overtime and we are using a lot of psychic energy. The brain can’t remain in this state of accelerated activity so the nervous system tries to force us to rest. One of the ways that it does this is to bring on a feeling of depression...

Living Alone and Accepting Aloneness

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A self-employed Business Consultant from Baltimore MD emailed me a copy of some thoughts he had written in response to a recent separation from his partner and his need, at least for the short term, to spend time alone. I share his thoughts in the hope that his insights might inspire others: “I am an island of consciousness – no one else can do my thinking, no one else can do my...

How to Say Yes When You Mean No!

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There are times when it is very easy to say NO. If someone asks you to bungee jump off Victoria Falls then saying NO is easy (unless you actually want to do it). If a police officer asks you would you like to receive a speeding fine then it is exceptionally easy to say NO. However, saying NO can sometimes be difficult when it involves family or friends. Perhaps on these occasions it is...

How to Change Attitudes and Habits by Changing Your Neural Networks

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So how are attitudes changed? The first thing to realise is that habits can be changed. That this should be patently obvious is confirmed by the transition that most children make to adulthood. Most infants scream and cry when they are hurt or can’t get their own way. In adulthood this behaviour is unacceptable. This is not to say that Managers don’t often feel like crying and screaming when...

Reduce Your Stress by Managing Your Brain’s Neural Networks

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Professor John Young, a distinguished scholar who has been described by The New York Times as one of the world’s greatest living biologists has written an excellent book titled Programs of the Brain. Professor Young believes that much of our everyday behavior is stored in the brain in modules or, as he refers to them, programs. “The brain operates in certain organised ways that may be...

Brain Programs That Help or Hinder Stress Management

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Because attitudes can play such an important role in the direction of our lives, and also our personal stress management, it is important to understand how they influence our everyday behaviour. Professor John Young, a distinguished scholar who was described by The New York Times as one of the “world’s greatest living biologists”, wrote an excellent book titled Programs of the...

Dealing With the Boss From Hell

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Is your workplace stressful? Perhaps you have the boss from hell. There are several variations. Possibly the worst type is the boss that belittles and blames their employees at every opportunity. Some do it loudly, shouting and rampaging around the workplace, while others do it with subtle put-downs and innuendos. Either way, the result for the workplace is that employees are placed under a great...

Dealing With Stress in College

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College is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. However, it can be extremely stressful as well. There are papers, exams and odd living arrangements. For many people it is their first time out on their own, so they feel like they don’t have the safety net that they did at home. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t survive college. I imagined myself calling my parents to come bring me...

De-Stress With Positive Association

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Whether you’re working on losing weight, becoming healthier, making more money, finding the right partner or anything that requires persistence. There is one thing that you can do to make reaching your goals so much faster! It’s called positive association. Positive association is where you ‘hang out’ with people that are positive and encouraging. These types of people make your life fun, happy...

Stress Management Insights: The Psychology of Sleep

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Millions of words have been written about the topic of sleep. Understanding sleep is very important because we spend at least a quarter of our life asleep. Sleeping well is essential for health, wellness and personal stress management. Managing the stresses of daily life becomes a lot easier when you get a good sleep. A good pillow, quiet environment and comfortable bed can assist greatly. But...

John Townsend

John Townsend

My name is John Townsend and I have been working as a Stress Management Consultant since 1986. My seminar, Get Tough With Stress, has been presented to thousands of people throughout the world and shows people how to toughen up to stress and to transform stressful experiences into valuable learning experiences.

My clients include many of Australia’s largest companies plus Australian Government Departments and agencies. One of my greatest personal joys was to present my Get Tough With Stress programme to staff of the Australian Parliament.

Over the past 15 years I have been presenting to large numbers of Chief Executive Officers through an organisation called The Executive Connection (TEC). I have been privileged to receive the highest honours bestowed on speakers by TEC, an organisation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives.

Follow John on LinkedIn: townsend-international-pty-ltd