Today, I am happy to introduce you to Jae Ellard, the Author of Success With Stress, and her take on how to deal with our many stressors that we come across every day, despite our best intentions.
What do you consciously ingest each day? If you are like most people, food is the first thing that comes to mind – as humans we intentionally consume food daily. It could be said that those who follow trends like mindful eating and elimination diets have a higher consciousness about what they ingest – meaning only that they are very intentional about the food they put into their bodies.
What happens if we expand the concept of ingestion beyond food and consider the content of the world you ingest each day? For example, what type of music plays in your car or office, what type of news do you read and from what source, what type of technology do you interact with and what people and environments do you source from each day?
Now consider, how the content you consume impacts your energy and attitude. Just like with consuming food, not all content gives energy or sits well internally. This can lead to a feeling of emotional or mental indigestion. (And just like with food, sometimes people keep consuming that which is causing discomfort, even after they discover how their body reacts to the input.)
If you feel like you might have emotional or mental indigestion and are curious to explore what types of content may be the source, start by creating awareness around the content you consume each day. For each person the answers will be different – but the questions are the same.
- What type of sound do you intentionally and unintentionally ingest each day? (Think television, music, YouTube, background noise in your office, the soundtrack on your commute and so on.)
- What type of information do you intentionally and unintentionally feed your eyes, ears and brain each day? (Think Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, E-mails, magazines, books, cookbooks, children’s homework, newsstands in grocery stores, advertisements, signs in stores and so on.)
- What type of people do you intentionally and unintentionally interact with each day? (Think people at work, on your commute, in your home, in the market and malls, in your neighborhood, your children’s friends (and their parents) and so on.)
- What is the first content you ingest in the morning? (Your phone, your dog, your spouse, your children, yourself and so on.)
- What is the first content you ingest before falling asleep? (Your phone, your dog, your spouse, your children, a book, a magazine, yourself and so on.)
Once you have developed awareness around what content you are consuming each day, you can begin to see what content may be linked to any feelings of emotional or mental indigestion. Once you see the link, explore the connection.
The difference between emotional or mental indigestion and physical indigestion is that the solution for content indigestion isn’t always elimination. Instead, it can be an illumination of an aspect of yourself to explore more deeply, which could lead to elimination of that content or in some cases a deeper yearning to consume more.
How could your life be different if you were to create more consciousness around what eyes, brain, body and heart ingest each day?
[This article originally appeared on Huffington Post]
Success With Stress Book Review
Like most people nowadays, stress is one of our constant companions. There is always more to do, then time, more demands, than skills, and more emotional burdens to be carried, then are healthy. So, each and every time, I have an opportunity to learn more about lightening that burden, I take the chance.
When I was given the chance to read and review the book Success With Stress by Jae Ellard, I came to it with a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn something new.
However, I found a book that was very simple, covering only the mere basics, with many blank spaces, and held in a very depressing format, to the point that when I showed the book to my daughter (who deal with anxiety, among other chronic illnesses), her reaction was that the book had a depressing look to it.
And I don’t mean the simplicity of the cover, but the simplicity of the content – which all that it contained was information, I could have googled within 2 minutes – but also the graphics within.
As I said, I was really looking forward to learning something, anything from reading this book, but instead of doing so, I was left wondering, why the Author had such good intention (which was obvious by her writing style) but decided to not follow through on what could have been a truly helpful book with some solid, in-depth resource, and extended information.
I have received this book for free as a part of a book tour, but as always, all opinions covered on this blog are my own.
Title: Success With Stress
Author: Jae Ellard
Publisher: Simple Intentions
Publication Date: March, 31st, 2011
2 out of 5 stars
Believe it or not, stress isn’t all bad; in fact, it’s an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species – because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to MANAGE STRESS WITH GREATER SUCCESS is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to the quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.
Jae Ellard is an author and expert on behaviors that cause imbalance, disengagement, and distraction. After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.
In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program to generate intentional conversations to disrupt patterns and create awareness, accountability, and action at a team and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness in more than 50 countries to thousands of employees at multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia.
Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.
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