Is it people, places or things that cause us the most daily stress?

Listen to this:

1. “Adopting the right attitude can convert negative stress (distress) to
a positive one (eustress).”

2. “As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.”

3. “Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its
survival after a stressful situation by being a little-bit-older.”

4. “If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions.”

5. “It is Not stress that kills us, it is our Reaction to it.”

All five comments are by Dr. Hans Selye, Canadian endocrinologist, professor
at University of Montreal, and coiner of the term – “stress”. He spent almost fifty years studying the effects, and wrote 40 books and 1,400 scientific articles about
Negative Stress (distress) and Positive Stress (eustress).

So What

From his first published scientific article in 1938 to his death in 1982, Professor Selye wrote that unrelieved stress affects the immune system leading to heart-disease, cancer and stroke.

The World Health Organization calls stress, particularly job-related, a world-wide
epidemic. Without a strategy of stress management, stress often causes headaches,
aches and pains, and feelings of constant fatigue.

The Secret Weapon

We have all heard of peripheral vision, and if we watch basketball, watched a star
player moving down court looking straight ahead, yet seeing what is occurring on both his/her left side and right side. Remember peripheral as outside the center,
on the sides.

For you scientists: normal vision is called “foveal” Central sight. It produces acute, sharp vision in daylight, in color. We use Central Vision (fovea is Latin for pit) to
look directly at folks we speak to, watching tv, playing video games, surfing the
computer, and reading. That covers about 16 hours daily.

Central is concentration on ONE point in front of you and notice all the details.

Our Central Vision causes eye fatigue, is stressful and even Dry Eye. The only time we turn off Central Vision is while dreaming or intentionally. More about intentionally as your secret weapon.

Peripheral Vision is Your Friend

You can access Peripheral (side) vision at will, it is baby easy, and relaxes all 12 muscle (six in each eye). But why should you?

It destroys stress on contact, improves your breathing by delivering more oxygen to your cells, and relaxes your face and jaw muscles.

It causes one more vital benefit for your mind; peripheral vision reduces by
up to 80% your internal dialogue a/k/a subvocalization, self-talk, and that still-small
voice in your mind. It can help wipe out painful, compulsive, and even obsessively fearful thoughts and anxieties.

Intentionally using peripheral vision permits your body to relax and heal itself from infections and inflammations. It clears the Prefrontal Cortex and Anterior Cingulate Cortex of your brain to be more analytical and socially understanding.

How to Create Peripheral Vision

Standing or sitting, pick a spot directly in front of you to focus on. Now continue to
look forward and do not move your eyes or head. The next step is based on just
relaxing your eye muscle from their standard Central tightness focus.

While looking straight ahead raise your right arm to a 90-degree right angle and wiggle your fingers. You see the movement without moving your eyes or head because it is within your Field-of-Vision. Now wiggle the fingers of your raised left
arm, while continuing to see your wiggling fingers of your right arm.

See, you are multi-tasking. Normal eyes will switch from Central (foveal) vision to
Peripheral vision automatically, to enlarge your sight of both hands. Now drop your
arms and let your eyes see to left and right while staring ahead.

Use these two phrases to trigger your brain to produce instant peripheral vision.
Whisper aloud or silently to yourself – Go Wide! Go Lizard! Your body will relax your eye muscles and switch from Central to Peripheral vision.

These words are a conscious physical command to your brainstem, midbrain and
basal ganglia to switch from your Sympathetic to Parasympathetic Nervous System,
and to stop producing Epinephrine (Adrenalin), and manufacture Acetylcholine for

Statistics Explain

Most scholars define peripheral vision as left and right side sight. It is more,
your horizontal (reading) skill enables you to see 165 degrees out of a total of 180 degrees.

Get this: your peripheral vision also permits you to see 130 degrees above and below (vertically) the central point. This is the secret of SpeedLearning; seeing peripherally, and above and below the words you are reading.

More. Your normal Central (foveal) vision uses one (1), maybe two (2) degrees of your Field of Vision, six letters (one-word) wide. Your Peripheral vision permits you to read thirty-six letters (six-words) wide with each eye-fixation-pause.

The average college graduate, including PhDs, read one-word-at-a-time, about 150 words per minute with 70% comprehension. They can only see 1-2 degrees with their Central vision. Speedlearners can read and remember up to 900 words per minute with double their long-term memory. Who is more productive?


The secret, before it goes on auto-pilot, is to see out of the corners of your eyes.
In reading, never, never look a word in the eye. It is hard to relax in the early
stages because you have been seeing and reading exclusively with Central vision
since Kindergarten, and reinforcing this form of snailing daily.

Two Benefits

1. You cannot be depressed while using your peripheral vision, it release stress and
dispels fear.

2. You improve your attention, cognition, learning and long-term memory
skills every time you practice using your peripheral vision.

If you think improving your personal productivity in school and career is important, check out how to read and remember three (3) books, articles and reports while your peers and competitors can hardly finish one. Ask us how.

See ya,

copyright © 2008
H. Bernard Wechsler

Author's Bio: 

Author of Speed Reading For Professionals, published by
Barron's. Business partner of Evelyn Wood, creator of
Speed Reading, graduating 2 million, including the White
House staffs of four U.S. Presidents.