Believe it or not, stress isn't all bad; in fact, it's an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species - because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to manage stress with greater success is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.
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Was there an experience you had with stress that helped inspire this book?
Yes! I collapsed from adrenal fatigue in the workplace 10 years ago and was bewildered and mystified how my body had arrived at such a place. The quest to understand stress led me to found my company and author this and 6 other books on the topics of awareness and balance in the workplace.
Who is the intended audience for the book?
This book is for people everywhere who want to proactively manage and thrive in times of stress.
You also teach the concepts from Success with Stress at workshops and keynote speaking engagements. How do audiences respond to your work?
Audiences respond very positively to this perspective on stress because it’s not about “tips and tricks” it’s about going to the root of the issue and realizing when we experience stress there is a choice to respond in a way that will either compound it or reduce it. It’s a liberating feeling for most people to know that they have more control over stress than they might have been led to believe.
How do you balance your teaching, speaking and writing time?
Because writing has been such a part of my life for so long it’s like breathing for me, I basically don’t leave the house until I’ve had my morning writing time. Also of importance is having plenty of unscheduled time to just “be”. The rest is about having a great support team in the office to help make sure I’m where I need to be when I need to be there!
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
In 2008 when I start my company, the economy had just collapsed and the last thing anyone wanted to talk about was work-life balance and the impact it was having on people and work systems. I believed then as I do know it’s all connected – the choices we make about how we live our life impact how we spend our time and money which is connected to how companies earn revenue.
Jae Ellard is an author, speaker, and expert on developing the skill of awareness in the workplace. After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems. In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program to generate intentional conversations to disrupt patterns and create awareness, accountability and action at team and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness in more than 50 countries to thousands of employees at multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia.
Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.
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