Workplace stress is on the rise but an online program has been designed to retrain your brain.

Whether it’s lack of cash, the daily grind of managing a family of five, or becoming stuck on the rungs of the career ladder, the “S” word can easily strike. Stress – that sick feeling in your stomach, the sweat on your forehead, the urge to yell at whoever is unfortunate enough to be within shouting range – can become debilitating if it invades your life.

So, aside from a holiday in Hawaii – and even that’s only a temporary escape – how else can we keep stress in check? Word is spreading about a new program that uses the science of the brain to combat stress. Feelgood IQ is a program developed by Dr Jason Gregg, an Australian expert in behaviour and psychology, and an authority on brainwave stimulation and dynamic psychological techniques.

According to Chris Steffe, director of Feelgood IQ, Gregg has spent years researching the effect of modified sounds on the subconscious mind and how they can improve different behaviours. “After helping thousands of individuals with everything from sport, weight control and smoking, he turned his attention to creating a powerful stress and lifestyle program to help people en-masse…which we now call the Feelgood IQ program,” says Steffe.

Tess van den Bergh is a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Kenmore who helps people prone to stress and anxiety and she says the options for time-poor people are limited. “Not everyone has time to go to yoga or take that daily walk, so I tried the Feelgood IQ program to assess how it could benefit my clients and I believe it has a very good effect,” she says.

“What I like about it is the multi-layered approach. They use brain training techniques, creative visualisation and breath work on various levels with sound, which may seem complicated but it does all the work for you – you just have to lie there, listen and relax.
“When the brain is in balance you can immediately feel the stress draining away and this leaves you better equipped to deal with problems. Some will be treated permanently and others who have really strong habitual patterns may need to use it when they are becoming stressed again six months later, which is fine because you have it there to listen to whenever you need it.”

Kylie Baldwin, 24, a physiotherapist from Kangaroo Point, says she tried the program to reduce her stress from running a full-time private practice at the same time as studying for a master’s degree in sports physiotherapy and training for marathons. “I was having a lot of difficulty switching off and sleeping so I started the program and even after just a week or so I was noticing improvement,” says Baldwin, who completed the three week-program four months ago.

“My sleeping pattern improved, I was managing the busy workload much more effectively, plus my time management improved.”
Her story is not isolated, with stress on the job increasing, according to workplace performance expert and author Tony Wilson, director of Teamcorp Australia.

“Add the additional external pressure of an uncertain economy, and this is a lethal stress cocktail,” says Wilson, citing a recent survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing the workplace accounted for 30 per cent of total stress reported in Australia. Another recent study, added Wilson, showed people who worked more than 11 hours per day were more than twice as likely to develop depression as well.

Feelgood IQ’s peak performance coach, Adrian Law, says the $97 program can be done whenever and wherever it suits the user, because it involves just one introductory video and the remaining audio programs are downloaded. “It’s all about retraining your subconscious mind, which is extremely powerful,” says Law.

“With practise you’ll be able to go to a relaxed state on command whenever you feel agitated or unsettled in the future.”