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Frequently Asked Questions … and Answers


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How does job stress affect our families?

Are you bringing home workplace stress overload that’s impacting your family? This is perhaps the most disturbing aspect about stress in our culture today. We’re passing on the habitual stress lifestyle to our kids at an early age. Younger people are under increasing levels of stress at school and at home. One of the harmful things about teenagers and young children experiencing more stress is that it can have an adverse affect on a child’s development. Childhood stress can affect skeletal growth and may even be the foundation of future adult diseases. Chronic stress can also affect a child’s self-esteem and lead to a wide range of health and social problems.

Can I really control my stress?

It’s really not about controlling your stress. It’s about releasing or relieving stress. EFT is an effective tool for erasing and letting the negative feelings of stress go. The first step is to believe you can do something about chronic stress or stress overload. If you don’t believe you can, you won’t.

Stress is an indicator that you are resisting something. What are you resisting? Could you make the decision to just let go of it. When you let go of resisting it, what happens and how differently do you feel?

Isn’t stress just a normal and natural way of life?

Observe any infant or child and you’ll see your answer. Babies are completely open to their environments. Kids play and experiment with situations. They naturally find fun and joy in the things around them. Also, they observe, learn and mimic how adults respond. If you respond in stressful ways, most likely your child will too.

If you’re out and about in the world, it’s unlikely that you won’t have any stress in your life. In fact, a certain amount of stress is positive. What’s important is learning how to use tools such as EFT to change your emotional reactions to situations that you might perceive as stressful. You can change and control how you choose to respond to stress.

The real problem chronic stress or stress overload. It’s where people’s minds race along almost robotically, not being aware of the continual negative self-talk, not tuned into paying attention to the feelings in our bodies. We don’t rest and relax enough so our bodies don’t have time to rejuvenate. Imagine driving your car during peak traffic hours days on end without stopping. Eventually your car will break down.

The other thing to remember about stress is it’s often focused on the past or the future. We need to retrain our brains to tune more into the “now.”

What effect do our beliefs have on causing stress?

Our beliefs have everything to do with stress because our beliefs are the underlying foundation behind stress. Our beliefs have a major impact because stress is our perception, our internal response or reaction to outside events. Whether we feel stress or not depends on our beliefs about how thing “should” or “should not” be.

• Beliefs about work
• Beliefs about family
• Beliefs about money
• Beliefs about how people should be
• Beliefs of the way things “should” or “shouldn’t” be

The important question to ask yourself is what underlying beliefs do you have that might contribute to stress in your life?

What is chronic stress?

Our bodies are well equipped to handle stress for short periods of time. The real danger to our health and well being is prolonged stress that just grates on us. Chronic stress is having multiple stress responses that don’t let up. What’s worse is that the stress continues to mount up. With chronic stress, excessive amounts of stress hormones like cortisol have adverse effects, damaging cells, tissues and organs. With chronic stress, the fuse is burning and the clock is ticking. If people don’t do something to relieve chronic stress, there is plenty of medical evidence proving that it’s just a matter of time before stress affects their health and well being.

Why aren’t more people doing something about stress in their lives?

In fast changing, competitive cultures, a lot of people, consciously or unconsciously, don’t want to get rid of their stress. Stress is politically correct in our society. In a strange way, stress is almost revered. It defines us. For many, stress equals success. There’s a pervasive belief that the more busy and stressed out a person is, the more successful they must be. People are on a stress treadmill until stress takes its toll and manifests in health problems, work issues and family or relationship conflicts.

There are people who are afraid of giving up their stress because they believe they’ll lose their drive to get things done. Actually, that’s not the case. Initially, stress does arouse the sympathetic nervous system pumping up performance. However, if stress levels aren’t reduced, mental, emotional and physical exhaustion sets in. Have you ever worked on a project so long that you felt exhausted and started making mistakes? Usually you didn’t discover the mistakes until the next day when you felt rested and refreshed.

For some people, they’re become resigned to having stress in their lives even though they know intuitively that stress can have adverse affects on their jobs, relationships, finances and health. They’re coping with it because they feel stuck. It’s like they’re caught in a web or maze and don’t know how to get out.

Some people are stressed because they’re not in jobs they like or love. They may be making a lot of money, but they’re not happy. They’re loaded down with things they should do instead of what they want to do. They’re following other people’s definitions of success instead of defining success for themselves.

Perhaps the biggest reason is that people are so caught up in stress is that they haven’t learned any tools for managing stress. Or, they don’t think they have time to learn how to manage it. It follows that old saying, “Pay me now or pay me later.” Learn how to handle the stress in your life or you’ll suffer the consequences later.

What is stress?

Stress is our internal response, psychologically and physically, to something real or imagined outside in our environment. Although it may seem otherwise, stress is always an inside job. Our perception triggers our internal thinking and feeling, setting off a cascade of chemical processes in our bodies. Stress is subjective. What causes stress for one person may not create stress with another. Stress is a state of being polarized because of internal conflicts or resistances.

In a different way, we might describe stress as retaining negative energy in our bodies or creating a disruption in our energy system. Instead of being in a state of energy flow, stress causes physical tension and compression. It’s like having our foot on the gas peddle and brake simultaneously. There’s energy trying to move us forward and also energy holding and stopping us in our tracks.

The demands, expectations and pace of modern life have increased our levels of stress. People are being bombarded with constant demands for attention. Stress manifests as anger, irritability, worry, addictive behaviors, nervousness, fatigue, memory loss, nervousness, pains and illnesses.

What effect does stress overload have on our minds and bodies?

Stress is a state of dis-ease. There is mounting evidence on how stress causes or contributes to various diseases. Stress can affect and damage almost every system in your body, including the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems. Chronic stress is linked to cardiovascular problems, depression, diabetes, memory issues, overeating, reproductive problems, sleep disorders and even accelerated aging.

What many people simply don’t understand is that the tremendous damage stress can cause. It is far reaching because the damage incrementally builds up over time. With chronic stress, your adrenal glands secrete corticoids which inhibit your bodily systems and keep them from functioning at optimal and healthy levels. Our bodies don’t have enough time to recuperate and return to a normal state.

Is all stress bad?

Absolutely not. Stress can be very beneficial as a motivator and energizer. Stress can help push us to perform to higher levels and excel. This is called Eustress which is a new word for most people. Eustress is good stress. It’s similar to good cholesterol versus bad cholesterol. Eustress is valuable and distress, its opposite, is negative stress. Eustress is the optimal amount of stress that helps promote growth and health. Eustress is like using your flowing energy to get to peak performance levels without getting overloaded. It’s chronic stress that doesn’t let up that creates emotional and health issues.

What programs does Inroads offer for managing stress?

We offer a complete program that includes training and follow up to ensure executives and employees not only learned important ways to manage their stress, but have put them in practice in their everyday lives. We believe that energy psychology tools such as EFT, MTT, releasing, and others offer the most simple, powerful and effective way for people to manage their daily stress. When people come to realize that even though stress may be triggered by outside circumstances, how we process our energy and emotions on the inside affects the amount of stress we feel. Our programs include assessment, design, delivery, reinforcement and measurement. We evaluate what works best within each organization, depending on the culture. Our area of expertise is helping individuals and employees change because this is where people can experience immediate results. Cultural, organizational and management changes take longer term actions and plans.

Let’s be blunt. Some people, especially “busy executives,” consciously or unconsciously, don’t want to get rid of their stress. Stress is politically correct in our culture. In a strange way, stress is almost revered. It defines us. For many, stress equals success. That is until it takes its toll and manifests in health problems, work issues, family relationship conflicts, etc. For those of you that choose to hold onto your stress, or believe that there’s nothing you can do, what you believe is what you achieve. For others that recognize the damage stress does, take action to do something about it. Stress overload is unnatural, unhealthy, and uncalled for. You can learn to do more than just manage it. You can get rid of stressful feelings in minutes. Don’t believe us? Put us to the test. Call us at (800) 930-7434.

How is your program different from other stress programs?

Our Stress Finesse program is more than training. It’s a complete program. Too much training is simply a core dump of information that overloads participants. Learning is temporary. Training needs to be simple, memorable and clearly convey value so people are motivated to create a change in behavior. With most training, there’s no follow-up to ensure the participants learned, and are practicing what they learned.

Most training takes too much time for today’s busy workplace. Our base training is a concentrated three hour seminar designed for small groups of 10-20 people. It’s experiential learning — 50% educational, 50% hand-on practicing and doing.

In addition to the handout materials participants receive, we do a 60 day follow-up with tips and ideas sent via e-mails and postal mail. We don’t know of any other stress management training company that offers such a comprehensive program. We also offer optional 30 or 60 minute individual telephone stress releasing sessions.

What is EFT?

EFT stands for “emotional freedom techniques.” It was developed in the early nineties by Gary Craig, a Stanford University engineering graduate and personal performance coach. At Inroads, we’re innovators and early adopters. We like to be on the leading-edge in helping people succeed to create lasting changes. We’re not satisfied with the status quo. Inroads considers EFT to be one of the most important developments in self-help and human performance engineering tools available today. While breathing, focusing and relaxing methods are helpful, EFT does the job quicker. In fact, we challenge anyone to demonstrate to us a swifter, more effective method.

Please note, while EFT has proven to be very effective for stress reduction and management, it must still be considered to be in the experimental stage. We offer EFT from a peak performance coaching perspective. Those who want to discuss the use of EFT for a specific emotional problem should confer with a medical or mental health professional.

Why is EFT so good for stress?

EFT helps interrupt and release negative emotions. EFT changes emotions and attitudes. When you do tapping with EFT, you positively change your body’s electromagnetic fields. With EFT, the method is quick, simple and the relief is usually immediate. Once you clear the negative feelings that are causing stress, you can then instill positive feelings to energize and recharge your batteries.

Who are your testimonials from?

All of them are from clients we’ve worked with in the business world. All contact information is on file. For their privacy, and the fact that people are often sharing sensitive information, we only list their first name and last name initial. In the past, admitting to have stress overload was often perceived as a weakness. As the public has learned more about the health detriments of stress, people are recognizing the need to have tools to cope with stress overload.