The goal isn't to get rid of stress. It's to get better at it.

How to Stress, Better is an exploration into the innate intention of stress and our awareness, acceptance, and activation of it.

This event will analyze the definition of stress and outline the framework that can be used to stress better.  Through awareness, acceptance, and action, attendees will learn and begin listening to and engaging in stress rather than ignoring, avoiding, and becoming overwhelmed by it.

  • Our attendees will gain awareness of the neuroscience of stress, and begin to understand its life-cycle and innate intent.

  • By exploring the acceptance of stress, the attendees will be able to expand their perceptions, beliefs and mindsets about stress and their ability to handle it.

  • And finally, the attendees will learn how to take action by using the energy and information that stress provides us, activating evidence-based strategies that will prime them for a challenge and shift them into rest and repair.

Through interactive group discussion  and the use of supporting documentation, the attendees will apply what they learn in the context of themselves through real-world experiences. The ultimate goal will be to provide the tools necessary to allow them to better engage with stress as it occurs both personally and within their jobs, to approach stressful situations by thinking differently about their relationship with stress, and ultimately to increase their capacity for dealing with stressful situations with others by knowing what actions to take when experiencing it.

This presentation will meet the criteria for Employee Relations through the understanding of methods used to monitor and address stress management as it occurs in the workplace and in their personal lives. This will be accomplished by understanding:

  • The basic neuroscience of how stress impacts the body and how we (as humans) best engage with stress;

    • A greater awareness for how the brain and body processes threats and why the actions to counteract it work.

  • How our stress load can be addressed to decrease the duration and intensity of a stress response;

    • Recognizing the two areas where an individual or organization is being “stressed” and how to engage it.

      • Demand and Capacity

  • How our mindset and perceptions (stress lens) of both the demands (stressors) and capacities (abilities, beliefs, resources) play a massive role on the effects of stress on the body and mind;

    • Finding an acceptance of why one feels about and handles stress as they do, and recognizing the choice to challenge the reaction and question its validity.

  • How to address stress before it “takes us over” by recognizing its signs (stress signature), increasing capacity for the demands by calming the body and mind, shifting the feeling state, and disrupting unproductive patterns of thought that lead to less than productive outcomes.

    • Learning evidence-based actions to shift from threat to thrive.

Not only will the attendees be better equipped to handle their own professional demands and capacities, but they’ll also have a greater understanding and empathy for those they come into contact with throughout their daily routines.

Stress is a shared human experience and we can all help each other to stress, better, when we better understand stress, how we react to it, how we can respond to it, and how we can actually take action towards it to get better at it.



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Workshop Participant

“This is exactly the type of information we need to learn. You taught us today. Thank you!”

Psychology Ph.D. Student, UCSD

Thank you for helping me to create a new understanding around stress. You made a statement, "I am not stressed, I am experiencing stress"; that about knocked me over! Lastly, the power of calming myself with breathing. I have heard this message many times before but the '1-minute' practice felt doable and not disruptive or something I need to find time to do. Thank you, again!

Workshop Participant