Jeremy Bennett asks teens to calm their minds
On an ordinary Wednesday morning recently, students of the southwest coast were invited to St. James Regional High to listen to a special speaker with a message on how to overcome stress and anxiety.
With all other lights dimmed, Jeremy Bennett — author and speaker on the topic of stress and anxiety for the past 10 years — began his speaking with a simple point he felt we all needed to memorize, on the topic of the subconscious mind – we may not think about every step we take, breath we draw, or blink we use, but they are normal functions.
The one thing our subconscious mind cannot do, is to distinguish between what is real and what our response to that reality really is. The subconscious mind cannot be willed to ignoring the icky feeling you get when you think of spiders crawling over your palm, because it was not designed to ignore threats of danger – whether real or not.
Jeremy continued without interruption on numerous points illustrating that anxiety in and of itself is not bad, it only feels bad. He demonstrated that without the ability to feel anxious, fear, or stress, we could not react to danger and would ultimately lose our lives.
The students sat fixated on an articulate presentation, filled with images of puppies, video games, jokes from their social media, and clear concise memorable points geared towards their betterment when anxiety comes back to them.
Using everything from illusions to group exercises, Bennett took his time to help students embrace their resilience to danger and stress, not to numb their sensations or ignore them, but trust their families and teachers with their troubles.
His final plea in the presentation was that students promise to reach out, even if they wanted to contact him directly through his online presence With his conclusion, the students gave him a resounding round of applause, as many approached him with their personal thanks and received his contact information.
If you or someone you care about is struggling in your stress management, Bennett has a clear message of personal experience, professional education, and plenty of practice across Canada to share with you.
Jeremy Bennett can be reached through his Facebook page, seen on YouTube, and much more on his personal website www.jeremybennett.ca.