“The majority of the time the way that we react to stress is primal, being fueled by the lower level functions of our highly developed brain.”
Heidi Hanna, Ph.D. notes about her experiences with anxiety and stress, and her Stress Mastery Program :
“It’s true I actually love stress, but that was not always the case – see, I grew up with an anxiety condition and I’ve had it since I can remember.
“It started when I was really young – triggering headaches and then stomachaches and then quickly turned into panic attacks and actual fainting episodes.
“I can still remember several, actually – but here’s my point:
“We all experience stress in different ways for different reasons but there’s one thing that each of us has in common: The majority of the time the way that we react to stress is primal, being fueled by the lower level functions of our highly developed brain.
“What I mean is we experience a cue like music…that triggers a reaction well before we label it with any sort of conscious thought.
“And the human brain is designed in a very specific way to process patterns of energy and information in a specific hierarchy: first sensing and then feeling and then thinking – in an effort to try to help us survive.”
Press Pause for Mental Health
Heidi Hanna writes:
What do our routines and habits have to do with our mental health?
We multitask constantly and then are surprised when symptoms of attention deficit appear.
We are surrounded by fear-based programming on our 24/7 news cycle and are surprised that we feel anxious.
We see people starving and living in poverty and are surprised that we feel sad.
Many times, the way we feel is actually perfectly aligned with the information the brain is processing.
[From article “Please Press Pause for Mental Health” on heidihanna(dot)com.]
The Stress Mastery Program by Heidi Hanna
“We each have a unique relationship with stress and Heidi’s goal with this program is not to help you transform your relationship with stress, but ultimately to master your relationship with stress.”
Learn more about the Stress Mastery Program.
How to channel your stress to help you succeed | Heidi Hanna | TEDxSDSU
“Dr. Heidi Hanna loves stress. Yup, you read that right. In fact, she thinks we are all capable of loving it too. She reveals how to turn stress from an enemy to a friend through the lens of curiosity.
“What if stressing really is a blessing?”
“Heidi Hanna, PhD is an integrative neuroscience researcher and the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress.
“She is a New York Times best selling author, and recovering stressaholic.
“Heidi’s passion is helping people transform their relationship with stress by understanding and adapting personal and organizational energy management practices.
“She believes that the answer to our current stress epidemic is training a new, whole-brain stress response based in a curiosity mindset that facilitates positive change and collaboration.”
“Only when we stop trying to minimize or manage stress will we learn how to master it, and use stress as fuel for good.”
She makes suggestions for managing stress even with busy lives, such as:
“Do you take planned breaks during the day? If so, what do you do to recharge and how do you stay consistent?”
Learn more about The Stress Mastery Program by Heidi Hanna.
Heidi Hanna, PhD is “founder and Chief Energy Officer of Synergy, a “consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs for organizations” and is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress.
Her books include:
The NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance.