Ten tips to lower your blood pressure

You know the routine: you walk into the examining room, perch on the table, and roll up your sleeve. Your healthcare practitioner inflates the cuff until it feels oppressively snug.

Read at the South China Morning Post.


Stress head: how to cope with pressure

How much do you switch off? As the National Broadband Network rolls out across Australia and the business landscape becomes ever more connected you may feel on-call all the time through an array of communication channels. Worse, your business could be hit by a snarky social media review any second. Heavy pressure.

Doubtless, you already know about how deep breathing and meditation can help you unwind. But here are five alternative stress relief tips.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

How to stay calm under pressure

Everyone, including professional athletes, feels pressure. Gutsy athletes like Aussie free-diver Christina Saenz de Santamaria and radical rope swinger Devin Supertramp, however, handle the triggered burst of the fight-or-flight hormone, adrenaline, better.

The reason for such apparent ice-veined cool is not just superior genetics. Bold high-achievers have a grasp of the art of stress management – and we can all learn to improve our composure. Here are five tips on how to stay calm under pressure. Read at the Adrenalist..

Stress envy

Frantically busy? Stress has been called “today’s essential badge of status and success”. In fact, stress sparks such awe that analysts talk of “stress envy”.

Stress envy means the office workaholic verging on burnout could be treated as a role model. Apparently, it is impressive to be wedded to 24-hour connectivity. Apparently, it is cool to multitask like a maniac, yapping into a mobile phone while grappling with social media updates and directing the intern.

Such intense displays of commitment can be seen as bragging because they show the showoff is in demand – a winner. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..



Office bullying horror stories

The attack came “out of the blue”, says Mosman-based entrepreneur Lara Solomon, 36. One day in 2000, when she worked at a pharmaceutical company and thought she was doing fine, two managers cornered her. The managers harangued Solomon non-stop for two hours.

They slammed every side of her behaviour from the time she arrived and left to what she wore, which was apparently not formal enough; they wanted her in a suit.

“I just sat there and took it,” Solomon says, but admits she was devastated. The rebuke she received eclipses any tirade in Hollywood black comedy Horrible Bosses. Reports of real reprimands suggest that, despite the apparent virtue of openness, sometimes the silent treatment – being “iced out” – beats vocal criticism. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald

Tune in, toughen up

Classic workplace stress reduction tips. Read all about it in the Sydney Morning Herald


Stressbuster: the shrink for entrepreneurs

Stressed? If, in the twitchy run-up to tax time your start-up is driving you mad, you might want to visit psychologist Peter Shallard’s site.

The self-styled “shrink” for entrepreneurs, who says his age is irrelevant to his work, started out as a psychotherapist tackling anxiety, depression, addictions: the “stuff of dark places”. In 2006, he shifted to business psychology, inspired by a flight-phobic client, who said Shallard’s insight could benefit business.

Now, Shallard has one biz psych practice in Sydney and another in Auckland. Read more at the Age…