Articles and practical strategies to manage stress, promote recovery, build resilience, improve cognitive function and improve Personal Performance.

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Key strategies to build performance & resilience 

Resilience is defined as the ability to adapt to load or stress. We know that building resilience reduces the negative impact that stress has on both our health (physical and mental), and our cognitive function (productivity and performance). If we can build resilience to stress and replenish our physiological resources, we will provide a perfect environment to support high levels of performance. Learn more…                                                                                      

performance & resilience strategiesWhy your brain needs downtime and recovery breaks    

Most of us believe that the harder and longer we work, and the busier we are, the more productive and effective we will be, but research proves that this belief couldn’t be further from the truth. Learn more…                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Social Connectedness: The importance of good quality, strong relationships       

Nurturing your relationships at work and in your personal life is just as important as getting good quality sleep, and exercising regularly in terms of your health, happiness, resilience and performance. Learn more…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 performance & resilience strategiesNutrition: How your food changes your brain

The foods you choose to eat on a daily basis have a significant effect on your brain – influencing mood (anxiety & depression), behaviour (motivation) and executive function (memory, learning, decision making). Learn more…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Alcohol: An effective recovery strategy? 

A couple of drinks to help us relax after a tough day, what’s the harm in that? As a stress reduction strategy, it is flawed and more often than not will set you up for a tougher day tomorrow. After completing thousands of Firstbeat Assessments the evidence is clear that alcohol consumption prior to bed results in a poor night’s sleep, leaving us feeling run down and far below our best to face the following day’s challenges. Learn more…

performance & resilience strategiesSleep for performance & health

Sleep is essential to mental acuity and resilience to stress. Optimal sleep improves mood, and enhances attention, decision-making and memory. Sleep loss results in an average of 11.3 days in lost productivity annually, costing the economy billions. Learn more…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

performance & resilience strategiesMindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation causes neuroplastic changes in the structure and function of brain regions involved in the regulation of attention, emotion and self-awareness. Regular meditation enhances focus and memory, builds compassion and empathy, increases our awareness of the present moment, and is a powerful destressor reducing anxiety and depression, and stimulating the recovery response. Learn more…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Exercise

Most of us are aware of the many physical benefits of exercise but did you know that regular exercise has positive effects on brain function and mental health – reducing risk for dementia, anxiety and depression while improving sleep and building resilience to stress? Learn more…