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Stress – A Blog Series – Part 4 – The Facts

Stress – The Facts Stress has received a lot of negative commentary over the years, but is it really that bad? Maybe not -as a growing body of evidence indicates otherwise. So what are the facts?  I’ve spent the past year trying to find them, and this is what I discovered: My first port of call was to establish historical facts, and what I discovered surprised me: the word stress is borrowed from the field of physics, and was brought…

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Stress – A Blog Series –  Part 3 –  The Books – (International)

From historical roots to new science – the following are some of the books I used when researching stress. Similar to those in part 2, some of these books are not specific to stress, although two of them are. The other ones mentioned helped enhance my knowledge of the many factors which can influence the production and manifestation of stress, including: biological, physiological, psychological, environmental, social and experiential.

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Stress – A Blog Series – Part 2 – The Books (Irish)

Books formed a large part of my research on stress, in particular those from experts, as this is where most of the evidence base lay. I also chose to focus on Irish context for a lot of my readings. Having said that, it was impossible to ignore those on the international stage (part 3). Although I have used the word ‘experts’, all of the books mentioned are designed for anyone with an interest in stress, mental health, emotional resilience and…

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Stress – A Blog Series. Part 1 – The Background

Eight months ago I started researching the phenomenon that is stress. It started when I began looking at solutions for exam stress as a continuance of my mental wellbeing exploits and social initiatives. What followed was something I never anticipated: a fascinating journey which included completion of a neuroscience course. The research included:, phone calls, visits, meetups, books, academic readings, desktop research, emails, attendance at conferences, interaction on social media, talks in schools, and workshops and focus groups in the…

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Mission 2019 – Reduce exam stress for Leaving Cert students

  One of my great learnings as a mental wellbeing explorer in 2018 – was the stress caused by exams for young people. In particular the Leaving Cert exam. Don’t get me wrong, I believe stress is important. It helps motivate and builds resilience. But it would seem our exam system is causing unhealthy levels of stress. And while I applaud the great efforts towards wellbeing in the schools, I believe the exam situation needs a more dedicated focus, with…

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