Heidi Hanna, PhD is Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress, an integrative neuroscience researcher, a “former stressaholic” and provides many resources on understanding and mastering stress.
Here is one of her many media appearances explaining how stress can affect us:
HLN – CNN – Stress in America Interview with Heidi Hanna
Heidi Hanna notes “one of the important things too for people to keep in mind is that there’s two different types of stress.
“A lot of people think about stress as being the extreme things that happen to us – you know, emergencies and losing a spouse or a loved one.
“And what’s interesting is that those really difficult, acute stressors… we’re pretty good at bouncing back from those situations.
“But what we see most of the issues coming from is actually everyday, nagging chronic stress like waking up in the morning and feeling like there’s not enough time to get it all done, or feeling like you don’t have the financial resources or the social support…”
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 her Stress Mastery Program.
What about Second-Hand Stress?
Lisa Evans explains in her article for Entrepreneur.com:
Do you speed into the office like a tornado whizzing between your Blackberry and iPad? Do you check email while in a meeting, giving the impression that you’re simply too busy to focus on one thing at a time?
This frenzied behavior may be causing those around you to suffer from second-hand stress.
Heidi Hanna, author of Stressaholic: 5 Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Stress, says the contagious nature of second-hand stress blocks productivity and negatively impacts health and general well-being.
The brain is sensitive to picking up cues from others, including shallow breath patterns, rapid speech, elevated heart rate, changes in tone of voice and physical tension.
By subconsciously picking up on these biological rhythms, simply being near someone who is stressed can trigger our body’s stress response, creating what psychologists and neuroscientists call “second-hand stress.”
From Avoiding Second-Hand Stress by Lisa Evans, Entrepreneur.com February 18, 2014.
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 (silent video)
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.]
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.