Tools to Manage the Stress Response

Tools to Manage the Stress Response
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2023-06-01
Unit 1Presentation Materials: Tools to Manage the Stress Response
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Unit 3Workbook: Tools to Manage the Stress Response
Unit 4Recording: Tools to Manage the Stress Response

Stress response is our body’s natural way of preparing us for high-risk or high-threat situations. Originally a protective factor, when the body spends too long in this state, it may create long-term adverse effects on the different functions of the body. This webinar will delve into useful techniques that can be incorporated to regulate and reset our nervous system, so we don’t operate in a prolonged state of stress response.

Leading the discussion is Justice Clearinghouse regular, Wendy Hummell. Wendy has over 24 years of experience in law enforcement. She is currently the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. Her expertise is in officer health and wellness, peer support, and resiliency.

Specifics of the discussion include:

  • The prevalence of chronic nervous system dysregulation and the value of teaching to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to enhance performance, health, and relationships.
  • The most cited sources of stress and burnout according to research in the general population as well as specific to policing.
  • An overview of the structure of the nervous system, focusing on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and what the body does in each state.
  • Inflammation: Its types, how we actually benefit from inflammation, how it impacts various functions of the body, and the signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation.
  • How inflammation can result in chronic inflammation and consequently, different diseases including insulin resistance.
  • The benefits of managing our stress response in terms of our health, relationships, career, and sense of focus and purpose.
  • The concept of conscious leadership and the commitment to radical responsibility in recognizing the need to manage our nervous system.
  • A rundown of evidence-based tools worth integrating into one’s routine.
  • The Stress Mindset: The benefit of reframing how we view stress to change the body’s response to it and easily-implementable tools to better process stress within the body.
  • The Blue Zone Study that identified the elements present and prioritized in communities where people with greater longevity lived.
  • The vagus nerve: Its role in the mind’s connection to the gut and its other organs and the parasympathetic functions.
  • How exposure to cold can benefit the nervous system, the vagus nerve, metabolism, inflammation, anxiety, and ability to focus.
  • The practice of breath awareness and its positive effects on the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • What an activated sympathetic nervous response of fight, flight, or freeze can manifest as as behavior and actions.
  • The concept of self-regulation and co-regulation, how to do this, and how it promotes connection with others.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • What tonic immobility is.
  • How our mindset can help minimize stress levels.
  • References mentioned in the webinar.
  • How making light of potential threats can be an unhealthy coping mechanism.
  • Whether extreme heat works the same way as extreme cold does.
  • The difference in how women process stress compared to men.
  • Limiting stress for those experiencing severe anxiety and depression.


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Audience Comments

  • “I loved the exercises for stress. Thanks, Wendy!” — Vince
  • “She went at a great pace when speaking and was easy to listen and pay attention to. … Thanks!” — Kathleen
  • “I really enjoyed the practice and the practical list of things we can do now. Very informative!” — Karyn
  • “Wendy is awesome. Very helpful information that is presented in a clear, concise manner.” — Mark
  • “She provided great tools that are not the usual just belly breathe. Terrific presentation and thank you!” — Patricia
  • “Learning various techniques for managing/reducing stress. I have heard presentations from Wendy before and she is a great speaker. Thank you!” — Denise
  • “Stress can be your friend! Loved this part because I have shared this TedTalks video with my participants for years. I think it’s fantastic and a great way to view stress especially since it will keep your heart healthy as well!” — Jamie
  • “Wendy was amazing–all of her presentations are so insightful and helpful! Appreciate all of the explanations and tools for coping.” — Aubrey
  • “The 5 tools were fantastic. Very helpful to know how the stress response manifests. This was a fantastic webinar; very informative and packed with useful tools. Thank you so much.” — Denisa


This webinar has been pre-approved by the Maine Animal Welfare Program for 1 Continuing Education Unit in Core 4 (Officer Wellness & Mental Health Awareness) for the State of Maine’s ACO annual training. You can find more information about Certification, required annual training or submitting materials for credit at Maine’s Animal Control Officer Resource Page.




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