Having lectured on stress management and guided meditation at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine and having led courses at international venues, I noticed that there is a certain set of skills that can be learned individually to reduce stress in any situation. Or, if so desired, they can be combined to start a meditation technique, although that does not have to be an ultimate goal. The goal is to learn to control one's response to the stress normal life brings with it on a daily basis - be it job, family, or life in general. Since every aspect has an effect on the other, learning stress management for work will have a positive effect on home-life, which will in turn positively affect one's professional life. The skills I teach are applicable any time and anywhere and, therefore, make them useful and indispensable.
As is becoming clearer and clearer, mindfulness and the ability to reduce stress quickly and effectively are not only assets but required life skills in this increasingly hectic world; thus, my mission has been to teach people to effectively reduce stress and become mindful by offering a skill-set that is easily learned and applied. It allows them to use it in any stressful situation for immediate effects, such as
- increased focus
- calmer demeanor
- healthier attitude to challenges (at work or home)
- response rather than reaction to pressure or conflict
- less negative overlap of professional and personal domains
- and many more.
Although short meditation as a tool for an increase of overall well-being is part of the course, the main part of the hour-long sessions focus on the seven essential skills to reduce stress.