Our distant ancestors used the stress response for survival; perhaps only for a few minutes was the body exposed to the rush of stress hormones and adrenalin required to fight a foe or run away and hide from a dangerous animal. Furthermore our life was less complex, we hunted and gathered food, slept in short bursts and relaxed a lot in between!
Today life often means being constantly on the go. The stress response is turned on more frequently, and for longer periods in order to deal with the relentless work pressures or relationship issues or financial difficulties that may now be present. So for many there is an understandable temptation to turn to sugary snacks, chocolate, carbohydrate hits and caffeine shots in order to give the body that apparent needed extra boost to cope. But all too often individuals are feeling “tired and wired” and resting, even if they had the time to, may not fully resolve the issue.
Nutrition and diet, hydration, physical fitness all play a part in being physiologically resilient. Most of us know this already, but that’s not the full story and our courses go further.
We consider the importance that quality of sleep has in an individual’s ability to be resilient, so we share the latest research findings from scientific sleep centres. Delegates can then understand the facts, rather than the myths, and learn how to achieve qualitative and restorative sleep.
In addition, we share key elements from the latest research in neuroscience and neuro-cardiology, and importantly the detrimental effect over use of the adrenals, known as the “glands of stress”, is now shown to have on the body.
Delegates are able to understand how the stresses of modern day life affect the body’s autonomic nervous system and hormonal system, and how that in turn affects performance and health. By demonstrating through the use of biofeedback, we show delegates how scientifically proven techniques, learned on the course, can lower the ratio of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body.
This is important as science shows that improving the cortisol ratio facilitates the body’s ability to perform efficiently, increasing energy, immune function and reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
After completing the training delegates will have the knowledge and skills to improve their physiological resilience.