CategoryMental Health

Should You Consider Using Medication for Stress?


Living with stress can take the joy out of life, strain your relationships and even affect your career. Worse, it does severe damage to your general health and can lead to depression and other mental illnesses. For all these reasons, it’s important to fight stress as quickly and effectively as possible. With that in mind then, should you consider using medications? Medication for Stress...

What Is Holiday Stress?


Holiday stress almost seems like an oxymoron. The whole point of a holiday surely is to get away from everything, to give yourself some ‘time off’ and to combat the mental fatigue that might be hindering you the rest of the time. You’ll be travelling far away to somewhere completely new and you’ll be spending time in the sun, exploring new places or splashing around in the...

Depressive Slumps and How to Treat Them


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


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...

A Review of the Lumie Starter 30 for SAD Treatment and Improved Energy


The Lumie Starter 30 is an alarm that has been designed to wake the user with a gradually increasing light that mimics the appearance of the rising sun and provides the right spectrum of light to increase energy levels, mood and performance. This promises to be a useful tool for anyone who struggles to wake up in the morning, who feels low during winter or who suffers from SAD. What Is SAD? SAD...

How to Say Yes When You Mean No!


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...

Reduce Your Stress by Managing Your Brain’s Neural Networks


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


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


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


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...

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.

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