Would you like to have more confidence and harmony with your working life? If so let us help you.
In this day and age everyone is busy – either busy with our day jobs or busy creating new opportunities for change. It takes time and energy to carry out our daily missions to earn money, especially if we want to kick start a new adventure to pursue the work or creative activities we are passionate about.
The question is how can we create change if we feel consistently stressed, tired and overwhelmed with the current working situation? Well there are certainly ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this video.
Here I interview the “Stress Expert” Mike Cayenne where we talk about the causes of work-related stress and how to best manage it. We also share fun, simple and helpful techniques to help:
1) Alleviate overwhelm and stress to boost work-life harmony and happiness
2) Build the strength and energy to pursue a creative passion or new career – regardless of the current working situation.
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About Mike Cayenne
Mike is a trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner.
Mike’s aim is to bring awareness to how stress can affect a person’s health should they not address it early on. Having spent over 10 years in the fast paced environment within the financial sector he decided after being diagnosed with Crohns Disease, he would need to change his lifestyle. He spent many years working under extreme pressure, but did not initially recognise the signs that he was suffering, which is why he is on a mission to help people avoid a similar experience.
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A moment’s thought – The Art of Gratitude
”Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
It’s well known that people who are grateful for what they already have attract more of what they desire in life. This is because they are able to hold the energy and strength to positively deal with anything that comes their way. Gratitude also improves problem solving skills and creativity, which is key for working towards an ideal business opportunity or career. By being grateful for everything we have in life creates harmony. This in turn allows us to accept, learn and adapt much faster in comparison to allowing our creative energy to be sapped by inner conflict and resistance. So love and appreciate everything in life and abundance will flow with your intentions
Reducing stress video script
Paul: Hello, and welcome to Creative Flow Evolution, where creativity has
no boundaries. Now, did you know that over 80% of people spend their lives
filled with stress and anxiety for how they’re going to spend the majority
of their working life? Did you also know that consistent stress reduces
lifetime expectancy? At the same time, those people who find passion and
purpose of their work or working environment have significantly less stress
response than those who don’t.
So the question is: how can we find passion and purpose in our work if what
we do for a living we’re uncomfortable with or we find it stressful or
overwhelming? In this video, we’re going to talk about how to build harmony
within our current working situation, manage stress for our own health and
wellbeing, and to hold the energy within us so we can pursue what we want
in life, if you want to make change that is, of course.
So if you want to find out more about this, keep watching.
Paul: I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine called Mike Cayenne
here, who’s really passionate about wanting to help people to manage their
stress and find harmony within their working environment. Now, Mike here
himself is an NLP practitioner and a hypnotherapist, and his vision is to
help as many people as possible to find harmony and flow within their work,
which is fantastic because this is what Creative Flow Evolution is all
Now, Mike, welcome to Creative Flow Evolution.
Mike: Thank you, Paul.
Paul: Could you give us a bit, myself, as well as the wonderful audience
with us, the background behind how you became passionate about wanting to
help people manage their stress?
Mike: I certainly can do, Paul. Now, I’ve spent many years within the
financial services industry working within a high pressurized environment.
Mike: Now, when you are working in that environment and not particularly
being aware of how your environment is actually affecting you on a day-by-
day basis, it’s hard to actually figure out exactly what’s going on within
Paul: Of course.
Mike: Now, spending those many years within that industry, I wasn’t
particularly aware of what the stress was actually doing to my body.
Paul: Oh, yeah.
Mike: Now, the long-term effect that I had from the back of that is that
I’ve developed Crohn’s… Crohn’s Disease.
Paul: Crohn’s Disease.
Mike: Yeah. So it’s a life-changing event for me, effectively. And from the
back of that, I had to change my lifestyle, how I eat, how I think overall,
and also just generally being aware of what the stress can do to me if I do
not actually manage it on a long-term basis.
Paul: Yeah, thanks, Mike. And the next question I have for you is: what are
the main reasons why people suffer from stress in the workplace in the
Mike: Yeah, no. I certainly can give you that information, Paul. Now,
certainly a lack of managerial support, a lack of direction, a lack of
communication is certainly a big one. But certainly a lack of passion, a
lack of purpose, a lack of clarity.
Mike: Work-related bullying and violence is also within that. Now, the
Health and Safety Executive’s report for 2011 and 2012, that 428,000 people
take time off work for work-related stress.
Paul: Do you know what? This subject has helped me really recall what I’ve
learnt over the last 19 years, and boy, my life’s disappeared quickly. I’ve
worked for so many different organizations, managed teams within highly
stressful environments, and I’ve had to learn how to cope with stress in
order to do the work correctly. Now, one of the key lessons that I’ve
learned is that all stress, in fact, derives from inner conflict and inner
resistance, which is created by choice always. What I mean by this is that
the mind talk, or inner language, we have actually has a big, significant
part of the stress creation process.
Because as Deepak Chopra would say, “Our outer world is an inner reflection
of our inner world. Our outer world is an inner reflection of our inner
world,” which is very true because what we tell ourselves, we become. The
subconscious mind, for sure, listens to what we say. And if we go to work
thinking, “Oh, I can’t stand being here. I can’t stand the manager. I don’t
like the work. I feel overwhelmed and tired and exhausted, whatever,” we’re
actually training our mind to become aware of the things that support that
concept or belief, and in turn actually creates our own self-annoyance,
frustration, anger, stress, for example.
So what I’m saying is that one way of dealing with this is actually
attaching new values to our own experience, which is what NLP, or
neurolinguistic programming, techniques actually are very good at dealing
with, which is what Mike is very specialist about. So one way of actually
attaching new values to experiences of working is to just re-establish our
reasons for being there in the first place. Why did we apply for the job in
the first place? What are the benefits of that? For example, it may be the
reason was actually gaining an income to have a better house in the future,
investing in our kids’ education, for example, and look at new reasons as
well, more purposes for behind the working situation. For example, it may
be the fact that this current job is a stepping stone to the next. There
are always new learning experiences we can gain in order to move forward.
Now, what I’ve also learnt through interviewing people is that it’s natural
to actually watch out for people’s passion behind their previous work
experiences. In particular, it’s very important because it helps actually
establish their characteristics. So the message I’m looking to put across
here is that the more we’re able and capable to accept where we currently
are and keep our own energy and flow, we’re much more capable of actually
moving on to new directions, to new passions, new careers, if necessary.
So, having said that, is there anything that you’d like to share on this
concept at all?
Mike: Yeah, no. I think certainly, Paul. Certainly, that thought of
actually being preoccupied in your current situation, the thing that’s
keeping you stuck. Just remembering your passion, or maybe you’re not too
sure what your passion is, just think about what’s currently going on in
your environment. What is it that you actually love doing? What’s the thing
that actually drives you forward every day? Whatever it is, think about
that just to help you move along. Having a plan ultimately is the thing and
just remembering what it is. It could be your current situation or your
current learning is the thing that’s leading you more towards your passion.
So just think about it. What is it that you actually love? Ask yourself
that question. What literally gives you that buzz? The first thing in the
day, maybe, when you wake up, what’s the thing that puts a smile on your
face? That gives you that feeling, the thoughts, that makes you happy, that
makes you smile. Then create and start putting a plan in place to lead you
more towards the goal, your purpose, your plan, where you really actually
want to go.
Paul: I think that what you just said there is really important because,
again, what really helped me in certain jobs and situations, is having a
plan in the background so not to lose touch with other important things in
life. Because I’ve got my music, I’ve kept that going, I’ve planned gigs in
the future, rehearsals for the band, etc. As long as I had interests
outside of the working environment going some degree in one way or another,
I never had any resistance or reluctance to do my normal day job during the
daytime, because I knew it was working in the background. So what you said
about forward planning should be an important aspect.
Paul: In this part of the video, what we’re going to do here is really
blast out loads of creative ideas to create harmony within a working
situation. So, Mike, would you like to kick-start this off?
Mike: Yeah, I certainly would do, Paul. Now, a few things that can actually
help you to create the harmony within your workplace are things such as
being aware, mindfully aware, of what’s going on in your environment, so
the thoughts, the feelings that come to you at that particular point in
Paul: Yeah, because self-awareness, like we just mentioned earlier, is that
we’ve got to be aware of the values we attach to experience, and give
ourselves the opportunity to re-establish some purpose behind what we do. I
mean, another one I want to share, for definite, is actually drinking lots
of water. Of course, water actually hydrates the brain, and in turn it
increases our concentration and keeps energy as well, and especially, I
don’t know why, but a lot of people don’t seem to be aware that most
headaches are created because of lack of water in our systems. So keep
hydrated and get yourself a flask. Keep sipping water throughout the whole
day. Tea is okay, but natural water is much better, more easily absorbed.
Mike: Yeah, certainly. I think one of the things to keep in mind, well,
definitely to be aware of is certainly stay away, if you can, from
caffeine. So coffee, for example, which is not particularly great for the
mind in terms of how you will actually feel. So yes, certainly as Paul
said, have a bottle of water. Sip water throughout the day certainly to
keep yourself hydrated.
Paul: I think what’s really important as well is to have mini breaks,
planned mini breaks.
Paul: So if I want to start off a project, like a task, I need to complete
it. Well, there’s actually technically called “time boxing” where you plan
your tasks ahead in the day and time them in between different time slots.
So really hit out with full focus and concentration, but then also have
planned mini breaks, like five-minute mini breaks every 40 minutes or so,
or an hour. So get off the computer, walk away, stretch, exercise, talk to
people, drink more water, get back into it. Really important.
Mike: Yeah, certainly Paul. You rightly say that as well. Certainly,
depending on where you are, whether you are in an office or elsewhere, you
certainly need to have that time away from what your daily tasks are.
Certainly, time management is a major thing. Having a to-do task pad, for
example. Having that created, so for example, at the end of your working
day, maybe no doubt, just write out exactly what it is that you want to do
the next day and you would like to get completed the next day.
Mike: De-clutter the mind, so you could have certainly a peaceful sleep at
the end of your working day. I think, something else as well… Sorry,
Paul: Yeah, that’s true. What you just said there is when you actually
write down a to-do list, you actually create an opportunity, like you said,
just to de-clutter the mind because people have stress when things keep
overriding in their own mind. But if you write it down on paper, you’re
getting it off the system as such. Also, and [inaudible 11:36] would say,
“If you write down your top 10 tasks for the next day, not only are you
offloading, your thinking forward process actually helps resolve any
problems you have.” So planning really is a real resolution process. If you
write down your top 10 tasks for the following day the night before, the
subconscious mind works on them. It’s as if it fits the puzzle during your
sleeping time. So you’re able to actually feel more confident the next day.
Mike: Yeah, no. I think certainly also as well, and leading on from that,
is that if you actually do the hardest task, the ones that most people
actually tend to leave towards the end of the day, if anything else, just
purely because of the fact that it seems easier to do that, to do the
actual easier task. So maybe, if you can, within your to-do list, put the
hardest task, the one that’s going to take you the longest to do, possibly.
It may not necessarily take that long to do.
Mike: But from your mind, you actually believe that it’s the hardest task
and you actually try to avoid it. So don’t avoid it. Tackle it head on, and
get that hardest task out the way. Then, no doubt, that will actually make
you feel a lot better about yourself and alleviate the stresses that you
may feel if you tackle it head on. Tackle the hardest thing.
Paul: True. What you’re saying here, that actually helps me think that,
“What you exist, persists.” Because if you’ve got a big task sitting there,
it’s on your conscience and it’s zapping your energy away whilst it’s
sitting there. So what Mike is saying really is a good thing to do. So if
you tackle it first thing in the morning where you’re more likely going to
have most energy, you’re actually dealing with the most important task,
it’s likely to have a bigger impact.
Like the 80/20 rule, if such a thing exists in time management practices,
when you put your energy in the highest impact task, which gives better
results. Then you’re more free to actually deal with smaller tasks later,
and you feel. It actually improves confidence as well that you are
achieving, because you’re achieving many tasks first thing in the day.
Mike: Yeah, definitely. So I think that’s certainly an idea, if you haven’t
done so already, to take that one forward. I think that’s a great idea,
Paul: Another way is actually really to think about is taking full
advantage of your lunchtime breaks. I don’t understand why people don’t do
that because break times are break times, meaning you get away from the
computer, get away from the office, get fresh air, walk around. You will
find a massive difference to your energy, especially if you get near
nature, walk around the park, etc.
Another one to do is actually really listen to piano music, relaxing music,
if you’re allowed to in the workplace. I mean, it enhances productivity
because it helps keep your state of mind in a certain practice. And for
certain to me, I used to play the piano a lot. Anymore?
Mike: Yeah, no. I think, certainly for me, certainly doing exactly what you
do, getting away from the desk, having a walk. For me, taking my eyes away
from the computer and what is generally going on, and certainly going for
those mini breaks, going for a walk. I mean, certainly other things that
you can actually do to help yourself really is to eat well. You need to eat
well; you need to sleep well. Those are the things that are going to help
you certainly to keep you highly energized, also as well, and to actually
complete your task. Also as well, another thing, maybe take different types
of exercise. Maybe it will be going for a walk in the park. Maybe you want
to go for a run, whatever it may be, whatever it is that will actually help
you to feel as though you are breaking away from your normal day-to-day
Paul: True. Variety helps people become unstuck, because people actually
really want to naturally experience variety in life. The other thing to do,
I mentioned food earlier, is when you’ve suffered stress, it’s a good time
to boost up the vitamin C and vitamin B, especially if it’s supplements,
whatever. It’s really important because what it does is it actually helps
our bodies to actually deal with stress more, and what our bodies
experience, the mind experiences as well.
Mike: Yeah, I know, certainly. Another thing as well that you want to
really be careful of is actually to avoid drinking coffee, for example,
anything such as that, sugary foods. You really want to have something
which is actually not going to send you up and then bring you back down
very quickly because that certainly doesn’t help.
Paul: Sure. I think we’ve given plenty of ideas here. And if you click this
link here, the image in front of my hand here, you can actually connect to
us and actually ask us questions or give us any views or even more ideas on
how to harmonize work as such.
To summarize the video, we’ve given you plenty of opportunities and tips on
how to manage stress. The main concept is that if we find passion and
purpose in our working environment by establishing new values to it, we can
actually cope much better and actually see things differently through our
So thank you, Mike, for sharing your experience and expertise in the
subject, and thank you audience for watching this. We’ll look forward to
listening or hearing from you and your questions and such, and we
definitely will reply to them. And another thing is that if you subscribe
to the website Creative Flow Evolution, again using the link in front of me
here, it’s great technology. The image does actually work. It pushes you to
the actual website. You can actually download some relaxing piano music
I’ve been creating as part of the project. It’s all free, of course, and
I’m going to add on more music as the project goes along.
So thank you, Mike, for coming here and talking about this subject. And
thank you for listening. Keep creating what you love. Anything you’d like
Mike: No, I’d just like to say thank you very much for watching and taking
the time actually out of your, no doubt, busy schedule to actually watch
myself and Paul today. So thank you and make sure you have a great day.
Paul: Thank you and all the best.[/spoiler]
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