Described as "refreshingly different" and "really effective", Becoming Stress Proof is a unique and powerful course that teaches you how to transform your life. Even when nothing else has worked, this course looks at the roots of stress and gives you the knowledge and skills to change negative stress into positive change.
Taking this course, you'll discover exactly what stress is and what you can do to support yourself in reducing unnecessary stress through the lens of nutrition, light, sleep, breathing, and body awareness. Then, you'll learn how to begin to face the rest of the challenges in life with a whole new approach. In this way you'll be empowered to become healthier, happier, and stronger with each challenge in life.
Welcome to the course. In this introduction you will get an overview of what you can expect to learn from this course.
Although many of us (mistakenly) believe that stressors and stress are one and the same, it is important to discover that they are two distinct phenomena. When you understand the distinction, you'll have taken an important step in your journey toward resilience (becoming stress proof).
Understanding the actual nature of the stress response is important in order to be able to make positive changes toward resilience. In this lesson you learn what stress really is.
Learn the difference between the (non-stressful) soothing response, the "fight or flight" (sympathetic) stress response, and the "freeze" (parasympathetic) stress response. When you know the differences between these, you'll have fresh insights about what to do to reduce harmful levels of stress that you'd never get if you were just given "stress management techniques" without context and understanding.
Hans Selye, the "father of modern stress research" defined good stress and bad stress. Most of us think of stress as all bad. But actually, research (and experience) shows that some types of stress are actually healthy. The problem is that in trying to avoid all stress, you actually get more bad stress and less good stress.
In this section we'll be looking at how to use nutrition to develop greater resilience. This introduction gives an overview.
Adequate dietary carbohydrates are necessary to avoid low blood sugar and the resultant stress response. In this lesson you'll learn why carbohydrates are important, how much is enough, and why some of the common anti-carbohydrate myths simply aren't true.
Adequate protein is necessary for health, and in particular for liver health. In this lesson learn why that is, how that supports resilience, how much is enough, how much is too much, and the best types of protein to support resilience.
The type of dietary fat you eat matters since some types support resilience while other types produce stress. Learn the difference.
In a culture obsessed with restricting calories, learn how that may be the very worst thing when it comes to stress. Learn how adequate calories support resilience.
Although it is true that huge amounts of dietary salt are associated with poor health, adequate salt is essential. Insufficient salt elevates stress. Adequate salt supports resilience.
The liver is highly important when it comes to developing resilience. In this lesson learn some key tips for supporting liver health without resorting to (ineffective) popular "liver cleanses". Learn how nurturing you liver builds resilience.
Because of sun phobia and long work hours, many people are shortchanging themselves on an essential nutrient - natural light. Learn how natural spectrum light such as natural sunlight provides for the essential needs of the body, including energy production and thereby reducing stress.
Learn how getting enough sleep is vital to health and reducing unnecessary stress. And discover some simple and effective tips for improving sleep quality.
Should you be running daily? Going to the gym 4 times a week? In this lesson learn the surprising truth about how exercise can work for you or against you.
The cliche of "take a deep breath" may be one of the worst things someone can do when already stressed. In this lesson learn why that is and what to do instead.
When you feel stressed, you'll notice that your muscles get tight. Whether it's your forehead, your shoulders, or your abdomen, that tension reinforces a vicious cycle. In this lesson learn why that is and what you can do to reverse it.
Avoiding all stressors makes things worse over time. Discover the power of facing stressors to build powerful resilience.
For more than two decades Lott suffered from worsening anxiety and stress. Everything that he tried to help himself - from yoga to meditation to various forms of therapy and so forth - didn't provide lasting transformation.
When at his wit's end, he discovered a key insight that finally produced real transformation. That key insight was to cease resisting his own experience, whether it was pleasant or horrific.
Since that time he has shared this insight with others through one-on-one sessions, bestselling books, and video courses. He has also been dedicated to an ever broadening and deepening understanding of the nature of stress as well as the most effective ways in which one can support oneself in transformation.
He has researched nutrition extensively for its role in stress and resilience. And he is a passionate advocate of traditional wisdom that is supported by modern understanding. Namely, nurturing one's body is the path to health and resilience while starving one's body is the path to sickness and stress.