STRESS JUDO Black Belt stress management 
Turning stress inTO OPPORTUNITIES 
2010-06-27
You are here because you want to lose weight.  Actually, you are here because your past efforts to lose weight haven't worked.  Maybe some pounds have gone away, but they always come back.  They've gone away slowly, with great effort and pain.  And they come back quickly and way too easily.  You are looking for a way to lose weight quickly, permanently, and with no effort at all.  And no stress, right?  Let's not forget stress management along with weight management.  So here is how you do it

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2010-06-21
Getting promoted is such a thrill.  It is recognition of your skill and loyalty.  You are in a position where you give direction, not take direction.   A chance to share your opinions and experiences with management as a peer.  But most of the time, you have not been prepared for this.  You've become really good at doing your job, which doesn't necessarily mean you are good at managing other people to do your job.  But executive leadership coaching can solve this problem.
 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MENTORING AND COACHING

Many companies offer mentoring programs.  But these programs have the drawback of the mentor is also working and you must come secondary to his or her job (otherwise, if the mentor loses his hob, you lose your mentor).  And maybe what you want or need to learn is not what the mentor wants to, or is able to, teach you.

Coaching, on the other hand, focuses on increasing the skills you already have.  The purpose is to increase your ability to identify the areas you need to work on, yourself.  And for you to work with yourself to improve them.
 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND BAD EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COACHING

There are many companies and forms that offer what they call executive leadership coaching.  Generally, these are simply over-paid consultants who offer one or two day seminars that use a lot of positive affirmations, or they apply some generic "methodology" to your projects, telling you to increase your teamwork and be more accessible. No, real coaching works one-on-one with you to help you develop your personal ability to train yourself.
 

One of the clearest abilities an executive leader must have is the ability to remain calm during a crisis.  To function under stress.  To anticipate problems before they arise.  However, almost all of the time, no corporation is going to teach these skills to you.

For true executive leadership coaching, look at STRESS JUDO.  This unique and exclusive black belt stress management system has an entire module dedicated to developing your own coaching!  STRESS JUDO trains you to attack stressors and turn them into opportunities.  It also trains you to develop a plan to deal with stressful situations, and to self-monitor how well you did under stress.  STRESS JUDO is based on the principles taught in the martial arts dojo: where a black belt signifies someone who has learned how to learn what he yet needs to learn. 
 

YOUR NEXT STEP TO SUCCESS: STRESS JUDO

By learning to coach yourself, you will set yourself apart from others at your level.  You will develop leadership naturally, as people want to follow the person who can tackle stressful situations.  STRESS JUDO is the program for you, uniquely.

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2010-06-18
You will always encounter stress.  Negative stress, like job loss or divorce.  Positive stress, like job change or marriage.  How you respond to stress goes a long way toward defeating the bad health effects of stress.  This article explores the use of stress management strategies compared to stress management techniques.

The dictionary defines strategy as a plan or method of obtaining a specific goal.  It defines technique as procedures, methods, or technical skill.  So if the goal is to have a method of dealing with stress that consistently reduces the effects of stress on your mind and body, it seems a strategy beats out a bunch of techniques.

THE PROBLEM WITH USING ONLY STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
And that's the problem with many stress management systems.  They are either built around one stress management technique, like meditation or yoga.  Or they are simply a series of techniques and tips, without any core principle.

WHY STRESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ARE MORE EFFECTIVE
But a stress management strategy will give you a plan that you can apply to any stressful situation.  It also gives you a standard to determine which stress management techniques work best for this particular stress.

Take the stress of job loss, for example. Doing yoga every day may make you calmer inside, but you still have the stress of no job staring at you every day.  And unless you are doing deep breathing sessions with your headhunter, these sessions won't relieve the stress of another day with no job.  On the other hand, having a strategy of, for example, defining the stressor (no job),  creating a plan to eliminate the stressor (a detailed job search and resume distribution), and taking daily action consistent with the plan, has a much greater chance of successfully eliminating the stress.  And, you can still do yoga and deep breathing as necessary.

YOUR NEXT ACTION STEP
So select your stress management system on whether it gives you real and effective stress management strategies, just a bunch of stress management techniques.

STRESS JUDO Black Belt stress management training is built around a strategy of defining, attacking, and destroying stress, and turning stressful situations into opportunities. And, it integrates all the most effective stress management techniques into one comprehenisve strategy.
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2010-06-14
What people refer to as "stress" is really their reaction to stress.  The headaches, the high blood pressure, the sleepless nights, the frayed emotions, the anger - these are what people call stress.  But they are really your reactions to stress.  And they are your reactions to "worry."  Because your mind and your body cannot distinguish between the forces on your mind and body caused by stress and those caused by worry.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STRESS AND WORRY

See, stress is usually external.  The deadline at work. The illness causing damage to your body.  The financial problems making you stay awake at night.  These are external to you.  Worry is internal.  Worry us defined in terms of your thoughts that torture you or disturb you.  Worry doesn't come from outside.  It is your internal action, usually because of something external.

WHY THIS DIFFERENCE MATTERS

So why do I say to worry more to relieve stress?  Well, if stress is external, then it is something you can deal with.  A deadline coming up?  Figure out a plan to get everything done in time, including delegating or bringing in more people.   An illness?  Research the problem, discuss with doctors, come up with your personal plan of attack.

WHY WORRY STEALS YOUR BIGGEST STRESS FIGHTING WEAPON

And what do you need to do these things about stress?  Time.  But if you are wasting time worrying, then you are losing time to deal with the stress.  So don't waste time on worry.  Schedule it.  Focus on it.  And then move back to the fighting the stress.

SO HOW TO WORRY MORE, TO RELIEVE STRESS

See, since worrying simply internal thoughts, then find a period of time where you can focus on those worrisome thoughts.  Remember, if you are worrying all the time, your body can't tell the difference between the fear generated by the stress and the fear generated by the worry.

HOW TO WORRY THE RIGHT WAY


So pick 30 minutes - 45 if it is a big deal.  Sit down.  Worry your ass off.  Worry about everything that could go wrong, worry about what the neighbors will think, worry about how it will affect your job, your marriage, your family.  Worry and then worry some more.  And then - let it go.   Now that your 30 or 45 minutes are up, you can get back to the task of getting rid of the stress.  And you mind won't keep going back to the worrisome state, because it did it already.

HOW TO ELIMINATE STRESS FROM YOUR LIFE

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P.S. Check with a medical or psychological professional before using this.  This website does not dispense medical or psychological advice.  Use at your own assessment.
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2010-06-07
Which of these is stress?
-- You receive a promotion at work.
-- Your car has a flat tire on the way to work.
-- You go to a fun party that lasts till 6:00 a.m. the night before a big meeting.
-- Your dog gets sick just as you are walking out the door.
-- Your new bedroom set is being delivered in the middle of the day.
-- All of the above.

ALL OF THESE ARE STRESS.
If you are used to thinking that stress is something that makes you worry, you have the wrong idea of stress. Stress is many different kinds of things: happy things, sad things, allergic things, and physical things. Many people carry enormous stress loads and they do not even realize it!

What is Stress?
We are all familiar with the word "stress". Stress is when you are worried about getting laid off your job, or worried about having enough money to pay your bills, or worried about your mother when the doctor says she may need an operation. In fact, to most of us, stress is synonymous with worry. If it is something that makes you worry, then it is stress.  Too often, this worrying triggers anxiety, which can make you worry about future anxiety attacks.
 
Your body, however, has a much broader definition of stress. To your body, stress is synonymous with change. Anything that causes a change in your life causes stress. It doesn't matter if it is a "good" change or a "bad" change, they are both stress. When you find your dream job and get ready to move, that is stress. If you break your leg, that is stress. Good or bad, if it is a change in your life, it is stress as far as your body is concerned.

Even imagined change is stress. (Imagining changes is what we call "worrying".) If you fear that you will not have enough money to pay your rent, that is stress. If you worry that you may get fired, that is stress. If you think that you may receive a promotion at work, that is also stress (even though this would be a good change). Whether the event is good or bad, imagining changes in your life is stressful.
 

So:
Anything that causes change in your daily routine is stressful.
Anything that causes change in your health is stressful.
Imagined changes are just as stressful as real changes.

Health Effects Of Stress
Stress causes problems with the chemicals in your brain. When life is smooth, your brain is able to produce enough "calming chemicals," such as serotonin, to keep up with normal levels of stress, demands, and expectations. But when too much stress is placed on the brain, it begins to fall behind in its ability to cope. As the stress continues, some of the calming chemicals may begin to fail. Important nerve centers then become distressed. You enter a state of brain chemical imbalance known as -- Overstress.
 
Overstress makes people feel terrible. With stress overwhelming the brain, a person feels "overwhelmed" by life. People complain of being tired, unable to fall asleep or to obtain a restful night's sleep. They have plagues of aches and pains, lack of energy, lack of enjoyment of life. They feel depressed, anxious, or just unable to cope with life.

Stress Affects Your Looks
From the above description, you can probably imagine that overstress can affect your looks. When you can't sleep, you look tired. When you have aches and pains, you look (and feel) unhappy. When you have no energy, you can't participate in life with your usual smile and sparkle. Stress can also cause skin rashes and stomach problems, which will also affect how you look.

Some Practical Tips For Stress Management

Breathing
Breathing exercises are a wonderfully effective way to reduce stress, regulate mood, and feel energized. One way to promote deeper breathing and better health is by exhaling completely. Try it: take a deep breath, let it out effortlessly, and then squeeze out a little more. Doing this regularly will help build up the muscles between your ribs, and your exhalations will naturally become deeper and longer. Start by practicing this exhalation exercise consciously, and eventually it will become a healthy, unconscious habit.

Exercise And Fitness Solutions
For many people, exercise is a main method of reducing stress and promoting relaxation. One of the benefits of regular aerobic exercise is its moderating effect on emotions, both long-term and short-term. If you feel angry or upset, a brisk walk or run or a half hour of lifting weights will often put you back in a good mood. While exercise is a great way to burn up excess energy and dissipate tension, it does not necessarily teach you how to process stress differently, and is best used as a complement to another technique, such as breathing, visualization or yoga, for instance. Yoga is an excellent promoter of relaxation as well as a good form of non-aerobic body conditioning. It perfectly complements aerobic exercise.

Be Positive By Identifying The Stressor
Did you know pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65? On the other hand, expressing positive emotions, such as optimism, is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases.  Defining the stressor and creating a plan to destroy it is one way to get an optimistic mindset.

Action Steps:
If you are stressed-out or in need of anxiety relief, and tend to become negative when in this state of mind, try the following steps:
 
-- Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
-- Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what's bothering you.
-- Confide in someone - your mate, a good friend or a trusted relative.
-- Create a plan to remove the stress.
 

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2010-06-07
You have probably seen at least 1 or 2 - or maybe 1 or 2 DOZEN - infomercials, where some guy on a stage YELLS and CHEERS and promises to change your life RIGHT NOW! And the audience screams and cries and weeps, and the testimonials are heart-rending and you can feel your adrenaline pumping and your hopes are rising...
And you hesitate to pick up the phone. Because it sounds just a little too unbelievable. Or because you aren't the type of person to change your ENTIRE life all at once. Heck, you've kept the same HAIRSTYLE for how many years? And this guy on TV expects you to CHANGE YOUR LIFE all at once? Hmmmm.... maybe not. At least, not right now.

Wouldn't it make more sense, then, to pick 1 or 2 areas, and improve those? Because improving - say - FINANCES will have an immediate POSITIVE effect on your marriage. Think about how little you argued when the checkbook was on the happy side of zero. Or improving your FITNESS will have an immediate POSITIVE effect on your business relationships, because you won't be crabby in the morning, and you'll stay alert at meetings.

Five areas that you can begin working on RIGHT now, without a lot of preparation, and without really knocking all the OTHER areas of your life out of whack, are:
1. Business and finances. Starting a home based business or an internet business, to bring in an extra cash flow each month, can be done for virtually no monetary investment and very little time investment.
2. Fitness. Slight changes to your diet (like no snacking after 9:00) will really help your health. Adding a program of bodyweight exercises (calisthenics) like pushups and squats in the morning can take only 15 or 20 minutes, but add more fuel to your fire than 15 or 20 cups of coffee.
3. Family. Rebuilding or strengthening the relationships with your children or your spouse or partner will add the zest to your life that it's been missing. Love is the only thing that grows larger the more you give away.
4. Self. Improving your time management or your approach to problem solving or your ability to prioritize problems and tasks will immediately reduce your day-to-day stress. What's better than that?
5. Spirituality. Whatever religion or philosophy you follow (and you DO follow a religion or philosophy), your life will benefit by your examining it, testing it, strengthening.

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Author
RICK CARTER - Christian, father, husband, martial arts student, litigator.  STRESS JUDO developed to fight stress in fighting arena and courtroom. You too can be as cool and calm as every movie lawyer or action hero you've ever seen.  Be envied by everyone who cracks under pressure. You won't.

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