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Health and performance consultant Richard Sutton provides a scientifically based and comprehensive report on stress – what it is, what causes it, what its effects are and how you can manage it. Sutton explains, counterintuitively, that stress also can improve personal development and growth. As a physical trainer and performance expert, Sutton has worked with top-flight athletes – some of the world’s most highly stressed performers. Sutton outlines a “resilience model” you can implement.

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Health and performance educator Richard Sutton has advised top athletes, Olympic teams and international sporting federations. He consults with leading companies on stress resilience, employee engagement and productivity.


Stress is good and bad. A little stress can help people grow. A lot of stress can ruin people. 

Stress, which is ubiquitous, can be both good and bad. A little stress at the right time can serve as the forced but needed impetus that sparks growth and success – and in prehistoric times, fight-or-flight survival.

It’s largely impossible to avoid stressful circumstances. Stress can lead to numerous negative and potentially debilitating challenges to your physical and mental well-being. Heavy doses of continual stress can destroy or shorten lives.

Chronic stress can cause fear, increased blood pressure, heartbeat issues, headaches/migraines, sweating, prematurely aged skin, sexual issues, problems with digestion, “hearing loss/ringing in ears, reduced kidney function, more frequent urination [and] sleeplessness.” Other negative effects include a reduction in your drive to accomplish your goals, indulging in antisocial actions, and suffering unease, fright and a constant sense of uncertainty.

People who suffer from chronic stress have a strong susceptibility to colds and flu. Their appetite often increases. So does...

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    M. W. 1 year ago
    This is great for me with ptsd depression and anxiety
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      Erica Rauzin 1 year ago
      So glad you found it useful! E. Rauzin, Senior Managing Editor, getAbstract

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