What is Stress?

People have very different ideas with respect to their definition of stress. Probably the most common is, “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.” Another popular definition of stress is, “a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.”

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Stress is ubiquitous and follows us everywhere. Since there is simply no avoiding it, the task for mental health professionals has become to further our understanding to improve management in our patients and in ourselves.

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Are You Stressed?

Take a short test and find out how badly your specific stressors affect you. Receive a free workbook where you can fully understand your test results and what to do about the areas where stress affects you.

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Frank Forencich is an internationally-recognized leader in health and performance education. He earned his B.A. at Stanford University in human biology and neuroscience and has over 30 years of teaching experience in martial art and health education. His new book BEWARE FALSE TIGERS can be found on his site exuberantanimal.com

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Beware False Tigers Webinar Series:  Strategies and Antidotes for An Age of Stress

Session 1  January 19, 2022, 02:00 PM EST

As most everyone knows, stress is a major problem in the modern world. It wrecks our bodies, distorts our thinking, and compromises our ability to create a functional future. The standard narrative tells us that stress is an individual problem with individual solutions, but the reality is far more interesting. Stress can wreck our lives, but it can also shape us in exciting and meaningful ways.
This online, experiential program is ideal for individuals who are looking for relief or for anyone who works with the human-animal: teachers, trainers, coaches, health professionals, or parents. Also suitable for young people.
Each 1-hour session will include movement, meditation, and presentation. A typical session will include 15 minutes of light movement, 10 minutes of meditation and 30 minutes presentation on the challenges of stress, including fundamentals and life lessons.

Session 1:

The Human Predicament
• Evolutionary mismatch, autonomic confusion, mixed messages
• Consequences (It’s worse than you think.)

Fundamentals of the autonomic nervous system
• Fight-flight or feed-and-breed?
• Episodic or chronic? Know the difference.
• Objectives for autonomic success

AIS Certificate of completion available for attendees that complete all 4 sessions.

Length of Workshop: 60 minutes

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Join the American Institute of Stress

Obtaining credentials from The American Institute of Stress is a designation that sets members apart as stress experts and reflects their commitment to the advancement of innovative and scientifically based stress management protocols.

The AIS Seal and credentials inform the public that the certificate holder commands advanced knowledge of the latest stress research and stress management techniques.

For physicians and other healthcare practitioners it designates your practice as an advanced treatment center for stress related illnesses.

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Mismatched: Your Brain Under Stress

This 6-part documentary features some of the world’s leading experts on stress. Their collective experience stretches from the first experiments done on the mind/body connection to the latest research into unravelling the unconscious mind. As entertaining as it is informative, Mismatched teaches us about what stress is and how to master it.

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Combat Stress Magazine

Free magazine for Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders. Edited by Col (Ret) Kathy T. Platoni, PsyD.

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Contentment Magazine

Free magazine for everyone. Subscribe to learn about stress and how to manage it in this evidence-based publication.

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Finding Contentment Podcast

Finding Contentment focuses on stress and stress-related issues and features interviews with healthcare practitioners and stress experts.

Subscribe today on your favorite podcast app, so you don’t miss any episodes.

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Latest Blog Posts

Stress-related news curated by AIS and published weekly

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Shop Our Gift Packs

We assembled a collection of 10 packs of qualified and fun stress management gear. In addition to your own use, these make the perfect gifts for your stressed family members and friends. They will definitely thank you for these useful and thoughtful gift packs.

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The Gift of Relaxation
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Overcoming Stress Pack
Sleep-In-A-Box
The Anxiety & Emotional Eating Attack Pack
Stress Attack Pack
The Chillax Pack
Mindfulness Meditation Pack
The Unhealthy Behaviors Attack Pack

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Stress Mastery Questionnaire

The most important phase of stress management is identifying your personal triggers. Start by taking an AIS certified stress assessment.

This quick online self-assessment provides personalized feedback on your stress risk scores, followed by a detailed nine-page stress report and a corresponding 66-page Stress Mastery Guide and Workbook.

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Online Courses

Learn How to Control Your Reactivity to Stress with our Favorite Certified Online Courses.

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Learn to channel your stress for energy

Decrease stress and boost your happiness in just 15 – 20 minutes a day for 21 days with a comprehensive 21 module, online educational program in the practice of stress management.

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Take control of your mind with a course in meditation and more

The Nuuaria program includes 6 modules, 28 lessons, 60+ page downloadable workbook, and 6 one-to-one telephonic sessions with a Nuuaria mentor over three months.

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Giving is not just about donating, it’s about making a difference. Won’t you please donate and help us continue to make a difference?

Our mission is to improve the mental and physical health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence of stress management in education, research, clinical care, home life and the workplace. We educate and credential health care professionals and offer products and educational tools for everyone.

Please help us carry out our mission with a donation. The Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Your tax deductible gift allows us to continue helping you along with Service Members, first responders and civilians navigate stressful situations to have a happier, more rewarding life. Every dollar is greatly appreciated.

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The Brain Electric

Watch this free documentary as it takes us across America and the United Kingdom to investigate how Alpha-Stim brain tech is being used by leading researchers and clinicians to normalize your brain without drugs.

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