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Oliver Patrick: Sideline stress and cultivate cast-iron resilience

The physiologist with more than 25 years of front-line stress management experience reveals to Unfiltered his science-backed strategies for dealing with chronic stress so you can dig deep wells of resilience, turn pressure into productivity, and overcome more of life’s inevitable challenges without missing a beat
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Oliver Patrick: Seize back control of your stress response

Few people would disagree that the pace of modern life is escalating at an unprecedented rate, and more of us than ever are experiencing levels of constant daily stress that would feel alien to our previous generations.

From political and economic uncertainties to the relentless demands of work, family and friends, the catalysts of stress permeate every aspect of our lives every single day, leaving few untouched by its impact.

Stress is your body’s reaction to perceived threats and challenges and is often termed the “fight or flight” response. At a physiological level it involves a surge of hormones that prepare the body to either confront the imminent perceived or real danger, or escape from it immediately.

While this response is highly beneficial in occasional (or acute) bouts – it’s the ability to fight off a sabre-tooth tiger or evade an enemy clan that kept your ancestors alive long enough to procreate – the relentless pace and pressures of contemporary life mean that many of us are now now experiencing stress in a chronic, persistent form, dominating your every waking moment and stopping you sleeping at night.

Unchecked, chronic stress can be profoundly detrimental to both your physical health and mental well-being. It disrupts nearly every system in the body. It can suppress the immune system, upset digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process.

On the psychological front, prolonged exposure to stress can lead to debilitating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Long-term stress is also linked to harmful behaviours such as overeating, alcohol and drug abuse, and social withdrawal.

Yet the benefits of mastering stress management are huge, including improved cognitive function and performance, better emotional balance and closer relationships, heightened focus, motivation and productivity, better sleep, higher sex drive, improved athletic performance, and faster weight loss, to mention just a few. In short, you’ll gain far greater life satisfaction.

To help you achieve all that and more, Unfiltered sat down in the calm and reassuring presence of Oliver Patrick, a renowned physiologist with more than 25 years of experience in health, wellbeing and stress management.

In our exclusive interview, Patrick distills his years of front-line experience into actionable insights that will empower you to better manage your stress instantly and build deep reserves of resilience so you can navigate the current and future challenges that will inevitably cross your path.

He also outlines practical and impactful science-backed strategies to not only manage stress but to harness it in ways that will foster rapid personal and professional growth.

This is not just another discussion on stress. It’s a blueprint for a healthier, more vibrant life, designed to give you the tools you need to recalibrate your stress response and tailored specifically for those who juggle high demands with limited time and want to safeguard their health against the ravages of stress.

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