A bit of brain science to set the scene

 

This is a part of an article in 5 parts, taking you through the physics of stress, and how to prevent it. You can start reading here – or go to one of the below sections to dig deeper into each element.

 

Hippocampus and Amygdala are two (or actually four) smaller areas in your brain, with a great deal of influence onto who we are, and how we cope with pressure, fear, and stress.

They are located deep in the brain and with one of each, in each side of the brain.

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Hippocampus plays a role in

  • Memory formation
  • Spatial navigation
  • Creative thinking

Amygdala plays a role in

  • Emotional reactions like fear, anxiety and anger
  • Memory/emotional learning
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The stress hormones: Cortisol

 

This is part of an article in 5 parts, taking you through the physics of stress, and how to prevent it. You can start reading here – or go to one of the below sections to dig deeper into each element.

 

The most important hormones when it comes to stress are – as you perhaps already know – Adrenaline and Cortisol.

But what do they do to us and how do they actually work? Are they dangerous and why?

To put it short; while adrenaline is useful and mostly harmless, cortisol is not meant to play with. Under normal, healthy conditions, we have a daily rhythm of cortisol levels in our blood. Highest level in the morning and lowest around midnight. It starts to rise again at 3-4 am. This is why you wake up at the middle of the night if you are under pressure*.

Cortisol formation and release into the blood, is triggered by events that is perceived dangerous. It is the ultimate survival hormone, as it mobilizes everything the body has for the single purpose of surviving from an immediate threat. Cortisol makes us instant superheroes.

Cortisol makes us instant superheroes

But it also means that everything not critically needed for immediate survival is shut down.

Let’s look into what cortisol actually does to the body: (mere…)

The stress hormones: Adrenaline

 

This is a part of an article in 5 parts, taking you through the physics of stress, and how to prevent it. You can start reading here – or go to one of the below sections to dig deeper into each element.

 

The most important hormones when it comes to stress are – as you perhaps already know – Adrenaline and Cortisol.

But what do they do and how do they actually work? Are they dangerous and why?

Adrenaline is the major player in your body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response to dangerous situations. You know of an adrenaline kick, and you know how it feels: sweaty palms, fast heart beat, cold skin, blushing, a bit of shaking, but overall a sharp focus and heightened awareness.

The production and release of adrenaline is triggered by the sympathetic part of your autonomic nervous system as a response to dangerous situations. (mere…)

Tool: How to create your organizations WHY

 

Our mission and purpose is … what?

The past few weeks I’ve both seen some presentations on how to find your organizations WHY and purpose, and I have been part of such process myself in an organization.

Here’s one of my tools for creating your organizations WHY, based on +50 workshops in organizations and teams over the last years.

 

Step 1: Understand why you need a WHY

Get acquainted with the philosophy and psychology behind having a purpose. Here are some good places to start:

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About time – The WorldBlu summit impressions part 2

At the WorldBlu summit last week we had the privilege to listen to some very inspirational speakers, many of them – and the overall concept of WorldBlu and the Power Question summit – is described in Erik’s blog post here.

Two of the speakers hit directly into my current theme of passion, namely how we are dealing with stress at the workplace: Henri Hypönnen, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Plus One Agency talking about the aspect of fear, and Carl Honoré, said to be the leading advocate of the Slow Movement, describing how going slow is actually faster and more productive than speeding up.

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The WorldBlu Summit 2016

 

Why would I chose a murmuration as the header image for this blog post? Read on and learn.

What is the Summit?

May 9-11 we visited the annual WorldBlu Summit in Miami.

This was my second visit, and my expectations were really high. Especially I looked forward to meeting the “tribe” and to refreshing all the connections. Huge learning was in sight just from that, which turned out very beneficial. The networking was great, and I have already established new projects and activities based on that.

Freedom At Work

As described on WorldBlu’s website, their “purpose is to develop world-class freedom-centered (rather than fear-based), organizations and leaders. We do this by offering a range of products and services that make it faster, easier and more fun to deliver Freedom at Work™.” (mere…)