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Cosmopolitan Magazine

Julie was intervied by The Cosmopolitan Magazine and the following is the page spread:


Business Insider

Julie was intervied by The Business Insider in 2011 and the following article was published:


Central Coast Hypnotherapist says stress is good, unless we take it home

If it weren’t for stress most of us would get very little done. And we’d also put ourselves in danger because the adrenalin produced by our bodies during stressful situations is what causes the fight or flight response that protects us from harm. Central Coast and Sydney CBD based hypnotherapist, author, public speaker, personal development advisor and behavioural change consultant, Julie McDonald from The Julie Mac Hypnosis Practice says it is when stress levels become too high that it can turn into its counterproductive form – anxiety.


According to Julie, based on a national survey of 18-35 year old adults, 7.3 million Australians have suffered or currently suffer from some form of anxiety. So what’s the difference between stress and anxiety? In a nutshell, if you are taking your stress home with you on a regular basis and feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, then this would be defined as anxiety. Julie says that if you were to plot your daily stress level on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is peaceful and calm and 10 is extremely overwhelmed, your goal should be to sit on about 3.


Julie suggests 5 positive steps you can take to prevent stress from becoming anxiety:


  1. Use ‘toward language’ – this is language which directs your mind to what you want to achieve. For example, rather than saying, “I have to get this proposal finished by 5 today”, say “I am going to finish this proposal on time”.
  2. Exercise – when we exercise, our bodies release the feel good chemical dopamine, which tends to make us feel happier and more able to handle stressful situations.
  3. Listen to Baroque music – when played in the background or while driving, this European classical genre of music has been proven to help people ‘get into the zone’ and think more clearly. According to Julie it’s particularly effective with hyperactive people, including children.
  4. Practice mindfulness – this is about paying attention to the present moment no matter what it is that you are doing, from preparing the evening meal to completing an important business submission. According to Julie, the added benefit of ‘living in the moment’ is that time feels ‘stretched’ (doesn’t seem to go as fast as it otherwise would).
  5. Surround yourself with positive, energetic people – their energy will rub off on you.



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