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I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby darrensurrey » 03 Sep 2018, 20:18

(As per OldGuy's suggestion...)

With a background of over 30 years in meditation and tai chi, as well as training in reiki and Emotional Freedom Techniques and being a sports and fitness coach, I have a broad understanding of holistic health.

I have also worked in the corporate world (banking, publishing and higher education sectors).

I give talks on stress reduction using mindfulness at events and businesses in London, UK. I have also read a lot of books on buddhism and taoism which I discuss where appropriate.

You're welcome to ask me anything about any aspect of stress reduction.

(Note: I reserve the right to simply advise you to see a doctor if I suspect things require face to face and/or professional medical help; I am not a doctor or psychologist.)

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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby fergus1234 » 07 Sep 2018, 20:46

How do you deal with a string of bad luck?
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby darrensurrey » 09 Sep 2018, 09:01

fergus1234 wrote:How do you deal with a string of bad luck?


Thanks for the question. In mindfulness meditation, it's about being in the present moment on purpose and without judgement. So you practice just focusing on the present moment and accepting what is going on in your life. Practice is the keyword here.
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Postby bujingkujing » 18 Sep 2018, 11:16

how do you deal with a stress of an impending doom but you are not sure if it really is there? and stress that may be depression but may not be?
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby darrensurrey » 18 Sep 2018, 12:20

bujingkujing wrote:how do you deal with a stress of an impending doom but you are not sure if it really is there? and stress that may be depression but may not be?


Thanks for the question (again! :) ).

When you practice mindfulness, it is about being in the present moment, just focusing on the breath and not thinking about what may or may not be about to happen. In the present moment, you might be sitting on your sofa with your tablet checking this forum. You are safe and well right now. Take a moment to appreciate this.

With mindfulness, you can also practice acceptance (of situations, life etc) and non-judgementalism (not considering things to be good or bad but to just be what they are).
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby talkerbee » 20 Nov 2018, 12:51

darrensurrey wrote:You're welcome to ask me anything about any aspect of stress reduction.
What food can reduct stress? Is there a food can trigger or boost stress?
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby darrensurrey » 26 Nov 2018, 10:11

talkerbee wrote:
darrensurrey wrote:You're welcome to ask me anything about any aspect of stress reduction.
What food can reduct stress? Is there a food can trigger or boost stress?


I'd say that there are certainly some foods that can feel like they boost stress if you have too much of them eg things with caffeine or ephedrine in them.

Some things are said to reduce stress eg camomile and even cigarettes (for smokers) but these are more psychosomatic. With cigarettes, it's probably because the addict is feeling stressed due to the need to satisfy a craving.
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby arunima » 27 Nov 2018, 07:35

I am impressed with your introduction.
Do you ever get stressed and what you do to relieve yourself of it??
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby nakitakona » 06 Dec 2018, 12:20

Are you an educator? Right? Have you handled several teachers? What are the most difficult problems the teachers met in their job? Have you introduced them the right solution to that problem?
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby darrensurrey » 06 Dec 2018, 23:37

arunima wrote:I am impressed with your introduction.
Do you ever get stressed and what you do to relieve yourself of it??


Thanks. Yes, of course, I don't walk around like a zombie not feeling any emotions. Mindfulness enables me to notice I'm having the emotion and do something about it before I do something else that I might regret later.

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nakitakona wrote:Are you an educator? Right? Have you handled several teachers? What are the most difficult problems the teachers met in their job? Have you introduced them the right solution to that problem?


Problems in general that teachers experience? I don't train teachers in how to teach. I teach people how to reduce stress.
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby Fergal » Yesterday, 07:20

What mindfulness book or books would you recommend for a beginner?
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby simplyfred » Yesterday, 07:26

I am super stress with my work. We have to beat the deadline always. What should I do to lessen my stress?
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Re: I'm a stress reduction expert - ask me anything

Postby darrensurrey » Yesterday, 09:59

Fergal wrote:What mindfulness book or books would you recommend for a beginner?


Mindfulness in Plain English https://amzn.to/2CaWnlb
Wherever you Go, There You Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn) https://amzn.to/2PxJrsV

Or even simpler, check out my free online course: http://www.wimble.com/free/

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simplyfred wrote:I am super stress with my work. We have to beat the deadline always. What should I do to lessen my stress?


Sorry to hear this. The simplest step is to try mindfulness. You can sign up to my free course here: http://www.wimble.com/free/
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