StressStop Blog

Welcome to the New Site

Jim Porter, M.A.L.S., President, StressStop.comSaturday, February 20th, 2010

Welcome to my new blog and our new website. If you've been a long time customer of ours you know we've been creating stress management training materials for over 25 years. We started back in 1984 selling relaxation videos to hospitals. There weren't ANY other relaxation videos around back then so we named our program "The Relaxation Tape," which was really a reference to Jane Fonda's blockbuster fitness program: "The Workout Tape." Since those early days we've added over 75 items to our product line (50 of which we've created in-house) including audios, workbooks, training kits, and a variety of handout materials including, biodots, tri-fold brochures and stress testing cards. And now we've added this blog...

So what can I tell you that you don't already know about stress? Hopefully a lot. I teach stress management in government agencies, military installations and major corporations. I remember the first program I did on Cognitive Restructuring at the FBI Training Facility in Quantico, Virginia about five years ago. I asked 50 (mostly male) FBI agents to stand up and do the Hokie Pokie in a big circle at one of the lecture halls on campus. When I mentioned this later to an HR guy at FBI headquarters in DC, he told me, "you're lucky they didn't have any loaded weapons in that room!"

They all moaned and groaned about doing the childish dance, but it set the stage for a powerful lesson in negative self-talk: "This is a stupid idea! Who agreed to hire this guy? Were just some of the examples of what people would later reveal in an eye-opening debriefing session. Since then I've taught classes in mindfulness to the Army, a program I call Multi-level Stress Management to the Office of Homeland Security and at Time/Life. The reason I like teaching so much, is it gives me a chance to test out what we're creating in this Ivory Tower called StressStop. I really strive to make everything we sell practical and easy to understand. And when I'm out in the field I find out how well our products work right away.

Stress is a broad subject and we will cover a lot of different topics in this blog. We'll look at standard techniques for lowering stress like deep breathing and exercise and we'll talk about more cutting edge approaches like mindfulness and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). We'll be talking about how to put on a stress management seminar and making suggestions for handouts and giveaways you can use in your on site programs and in health fairs, too. We'll also talk about work-life balance, job-stress, burnout, caregiver stress, customer service stress, survivor guilt, fairness, and anything that causes you or the people you train to experience stress on the job and after they head home, too.

I also am going to do some book reviews, talk about some of my personal stress and get some guest bloggers in for a fresh perspective and hopefully comment on many of the stressful situations that arise for you. I want this to be YOUR blog as much as it is mine. Let us hear from you and I will try to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. With the economic recession and all the other problems that hit us in the past year, here's hoping that 2010 is much less stressful year than 2009.

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