Stress-Proof Program

Chronic Stress


We all have stress; it’s unavoidable. Why do some people bounce back while others feel ploughed under by it? The difference is stress resilience, otherwise known as our ability to oscillate from stress to refresh, or our recovery time.

Fortunately, stress resilience is something that neurofeedback and biofeedback excel at teaching your brain and body.

How do we teach your brain and body to recover quickly from stress? By working with the core of your stress response, your brain and body learn how to shift out of stress and into a recovery state with ease and agility.

Brain Agility Under Pressure

NASA at Langley Research Center measured the brainwaves of their pilot candidates. They found that all candidates shifted into beta (fast brain wave) states when they were asked to perform an aerial manoeuvre.

They observed that those pilots who stayed in the heightened beta state tended to burn-out, were unable to sustain their performance. Those who were able to down-shift into a relaxed alpha mode between manoeuvres were able to sustain mental performance and endured over the long haul.

At first, they screened the high beta pilots out of the program but then discovered that they could use neurofeedback to train otherwise promising high beta pilots to learn how to do the downshift into alpha. It’s all about brain state agility.

Do you experience any of these in a way that affects how you
perform at work, at home, or even at play?

  • Lack of sustained focus
  • Procrastination
  • Difficulty with organization or follow-through
  • Negative thinking
  • Low energy or motivation
  • Feeling stuck
  • Difficulty seeing the big picture
  • Lack of mental endurance
  • Worrying about outcomes
  • Perfectionism
  • Perfectionism
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Feeling the need for more work/ life balance
  • Feeling less sharp and clear than you’d like
  • Need for more creative problem solving
  • Need for more creativity and sense of flow
  • Getting thrown off track by stressors
  • Stress symptoms like headaches, migraines, muscle tension, or high blood pressure

  • 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

  • 48% of people say stress negatively impacts their professional & personal lives.

  • 40% of people overeat or eat unhealthy food due to stress.

  • 52% of men and 42% of women with stress-induced sleep problems reported that it affected their ability to remain focused the next day.

  • 70% of college students reported that they were stressed, of which 33% say that stress-related symptoms affect their academic performance.

Sources: Statistic Brain Research Institute, American Institute of Stress, The American Institute of Stress, Anxiety & Depression Association of America’ University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service

Effects of Chronic Stress

The body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. When you’re stressed over a busy schedule, an argument with a friend, a traffic jam, or a mountain of bills, your body reacts just as strongly as if you were facing a life-or-death situation. If you have a lot of responsibilities and worries, your emergency stress response may be “on” most of the time. The more your body’s stress system is activated, the easier it is to trip and the harder it is to shut off.

Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the ageing process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

The Neuroscience of Stress

The opposite of agility is stickiness. Centers for response to stress, especially in the right hemisphere of the brain can get stuck in a pattern of heightened alertness or being constantly vigilant or on-guard.

This heightened activation usually shows up as excess beta waves in the right hemisphere and is responsible for many of the stress symptoms we feel, muscle tension, tight stomach, or
tension headaches and often contributes to high blood pressure or migraines.

Are you experiencing any of these Stress Symptoms?

General

Difficulty falling asleep
Restless sleep
Difficulty Waking up
Excessive sleeping
Heavy use of caffeine
Nervous eating
Loss of appetite
PMS
Fatigue
Low energy
Disorganization
Decreased productivity
Procrastination
Weight loss/gain
Accident proneness
Increased conflict with others

Musculo-Skeletal

Muscle Spams
Neck aches
Backaches
Tight Shoulders
Leg Cramps
Headaches
Tight Jaw
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Muscular tension
Nervous Tics
Tremors

Emotional

Hostility
Irritability
Anger
Sadness and/or crying spells
Discouragement
Temper outbursts
Fear
Frustration
Distraction
Poor concentration
Racing mind
Obsessive thinking
Forgetfulness, preoccupation
Racing thoughts
Confusion
Worry
Indecision
Weak memory

Your body’s stress response

When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.

Neurofeedback training retrains
your brain


Reset your brain’s activation level

With constant stress, your brain doesn’t have a chance to reset back to an unstressed level.  It constantly stays in that “fight or flight” state which results in an over-activated brain. You know that expression “you’re on my last nerve!” That’s a highly over-activated brain that can’t take much more. By lowering your brain’s activation level, you lower your stress set-point and increase your tolerance and resilience to stress. Most people find that this feels really good!

Teach your brain how to shift into a relaxed state

  • We have lots of practice shifting into a stressed state, but who teaches you how to shift back down out of it?  We do! Our training is based on NASA training that helps their pilots to shift back into a relaxed state between in-flight maneuvers.
  • We teach the brain how to shift by doing flexibility training with multiple shifts into the relaxed state. We then teach you how to hold the relaxed state so you can shift into it on demand and stay there as long as you want.  It is a much more efficient and productive way to operate and avoids “burn-out.”

Teach you how to become aware of and increase control over your body’s physiological stress response through biofeedback

  • Biofeedback has a long established record of effectiveness in stress management.  It is recognized by the Mayo Clinic as a key component of their pain management and insomnia programs. 
  • We use computerized instruments to show you how your body responds to stress and how you can change it.
  • Our biofeedback program is based on research that shows a decrease in cortisol and an increase in DHEA (possible anti-ageing hormone) over time when practiced regularly.

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