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

Control Your Attitude to Control Your Stress

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Our response to stressors is essentially individualistic. However society does tend to influence and condition our responses. For example, if someone speaks to you aggressively then the common response is to return aggression with aggression. If a motorist cuts you off the common response is to yell abuse accompanied by rude finger signs. These are common responses but not the only ones available...

How to Sleep Well

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In this post I will do three things: 1. Explain why and how we sleep; 2. Debunk some myths concerning sleep, and 3. Provide some practical suggestions on how you can sleep well. Why and How We Sleep A new day begins one second after midnight. Even while we sleep the brain is going through a process of restoration that will equip us to face a new round of challenges when we awake. Consciousness is...

Ten Ways to Reduce the Stress of a Job Interview

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It’s important to remember when you’re going for a job interview that the purpose of the interview is to assess your suitability for the job. You are not being assessed as a parent or an athlete or a lover, unless of course, those qualifications and skills are needed to do the job for which you are applying. Don’t frame the interview as a cross-examination that will determine...

12 Proven Strategies for Reducing Work Stress

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Stress management is not just a personal responsibility it is also a corporate responsibility. Corporate stress management is expressed in the development and promotion of a culture that consists of, but is not limited to, these 12 strategies: 1. Staff know what is expected of them and have clear directions and goals; 2. Employees are provided with good technologies, equipment and tools that...

Is Hypnotherapy Safe for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Hypnotherapy can certainly help PTSD. But hypnosis can hinder people with PTSD. Just like depression, which is a kind of symptomatic trance in itself, it is vital to see a well trained and experienced counsellor and hypnotherapist for trauma based syndromes. PTSD is a difficult and debilitating psychological condition. Historically, PTSD is a relatively new inclusion to the Diagnostic and...

Living Alone After a Relationship Breakdown

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“Following three months with [girlfriend] I must now readjust to living alone again. These notes are written to give me the reassurance to work through the transition period: 1. You will recover! This is a fundamental truth. Your past experience confirms it. It may take one month or it may take six but you will recover the peace and tranquility you enjoyed prior to the relationship. 2...

Taking a Chainsaw to the Stress of the Mundane

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Routine procedures and actions assist us to simplify many aspects of life and allow us to perform things on autopilot. Doing the same thing repeatedly can make it mundane and ordinary. It’s ironic in a way that too much routine can be stressful. The stress is generated by boredom. May I encourage you to break up some of those routines and to replace them (even temporarily) with some new...

Stressed Out Because You Can’t Say No

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Why is one of the smallest words in the English language so difficult to say? The word is NO and many people find it difficult to say because as children it was considered very rude to say NO and the word was thereby expunged from the infant vocabulary. There are some occasions when using the word NO is easy. “Would you like another large helping of pudding?” – “No thank...

Taking Stress Out of the Closet

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Most of us have experienced the anxiety and irritation of looking in the wardrobe and finding nothing that’s clean, ironed, fits or is otherwise acceptable to wear. When this happens at the start of a working day it’s even more stressful and can impact on the rest of the day. To take stress out of the closet, start by uncluttering your life of clothing you don’t use. Freedom...

The Three-Eye Theory of Stress Management

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We see the world with two eyes but an inner eye processes the input. I call the inner eye perception. Eye witness accounts of the same event can produce different explanations. Andrew Roberts, a lecturer in law at Leeds University provides an excellent example. In 1969 eight witnesses identified Laszlo Virag of stealing from parking meters and using a firearm while fleeing arrest. He was...

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