Retrain Your Brain seminar teaches stress-reducing methods for workplace

Workplace Stress

Workplace stress seems impossible to avoid in our fast-paced, demanding society. But while the things that cause stress are out of your control, how you respond to those stressors is within your control.

You may manage stress through peaceful walks, soothing massages, or relaxing yoga, but those activities only make you feel less stressed in that moment. 

What if you had a way to better handle stress as it’s happening?

Workplace stress
Ann Holland has over 25 years experience in leadership, organizational development, and learning and development. Photo by Will Crooks.

“I want to teach people to manage their stress and cope with stressful situations in real time,” says Ann Holland, owner of Strive Performance Coaching and Consulting.

Greenville’s interactive seminar series Retrain Your Brain on July 26, Aug. 23, and Sept. 20 at Serendipity Labs will offer participants an opportunity to determine their own stressors, understand the neuroscience relating to stress, and develop methods to destress in real time. 

According to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, burnout is classified as an occupational phenomenon. “Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” the group states.

Born from the collaboration of Holland and Liz Parker of LT Consultants Inc., Retrain Your Brain targets millennial and Generation X workers who face workplace challenges.

Workplace stress
Liz Parker consults in strategic planning, leadership, and team development and coaching. Photo by Will Crooks.

“My motivation is to help them today cope with their emotional stresses that overflow into their personal lives from their work life so that they can have a better quality of life,” Holland says.

While organizations have a big responsibility to reduce workplace stress, Holland says individuals are responsible for how they deal with their own stress.

“So much of our stress comes from within us. We have so much more control over how we respond versus react to stressful situations,” she says. “But we really, as the workforce, need to own that.”

In recent years, research in the field of neuroscience has given us a better understanding of how the complex human brain operates. In Holland’s Forbes article “The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Managing Workplace Stress and Burnout,” she states that emotional intelligence can aid in resisting impulsive reactions, thus improving stress management.

“We’ve learned through science that if we consciously pay attention to what our triggers are and how we respond to those triggers versus react to those triggers, we can control our behavior and our experience,” Holland says. “So, we can literally retrain our brain to think differently.”

At Retrain Your Brain, professionals can learn methods to manage emotional intelligence and form healthy mind habits.

“We really want to give our participants the opportunity to put the behaviors in place that enable them to live a happy, healthy lifestyle, which involves discipline and developing good mind habits and shifting their mindset,” she says.

To register for Retrain Your Brain, visit


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