Talk on stress and anxiety

Stress & anxiety and how to cope and thrive under pressure is the theme of Brian Gregan’s motivational talk for students here in the Institute this month. In the short article below, Brian tells us a bit about what he’ll be covering in the talk.

As an International 400m sprinter, I am put under huge pressure to perform at my best when it matters most. I have run in front of crowds of over 60,000, where the rewards are huge, but failure lurks just around the corner.

I have encountered stress and anxiety on a deep level, where I struggled to get out of bed in the morning for the fear of what the day would bring. At 6 foot 3 inches, I felt that I needed to be a man and bottle my emotions up. I have learnt, through experience, that this is the worst thing you can do, and over the years I have developed unique coping mechanisms to allow me to deal with these issues.

In my talk this month, I will be assisting the students by detailing the effects of stress and anxiety on cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical functioning. I will identify the triggers that tend to set people off and explore coping mechanisms to reduce stress and anxiety.

Stress and Anxiety is an extremely relevant topic to cover with young adults. Students have access to so much these days with improvements in WIFI, mobile data and advancements in technology.

Stress can be positive, as the human body must undergo stress before it can adapt and improve. Prolonged exposure to stress however, without adequate recovery, can lead to chronic stress, which is a major issue for many people.

There are positives and negatives to being interconnected and on the go however. Worrying statistics show that mental health issues are on the rise, and that is most likely due to people not being able to switch off or escape from social media and the internet.

The first step in dealing with stress and anxiety is to identify if there is a problem. Awareness by oneself and one’s friends of how one is feeling is an essential element in dealing with and overcoming stress and anxiety. Having someone you trust to talk to is essential to overcoming your issues.

Stress is part of life. You do get knocked down, but it’s how you get up which defines who you are going to become.