March 25, 2012


Stooltime Counseling Key Fobs. The cost for these Key Fobs, that hook onto any key chain & measure 2" X 1", is $1.00 (USD) if you also send me a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) with your order request.

The Stooltime Counseling Key Fobs function the same way as stress cards function. Stress chips on stress cards measure a person's hand temperature, which is a reflection of blood flow to the hand, which can be a yardstick of a stress response. The colder the hands, the more tension there is in the body. Other factors could contribute to having cold hands, and if that is the case, I would recommend seeing a doctor. Holding your thumb on the stress chip for ten seconds will measure your hand's temperature, and correlate it to a specific color. If the stress chip turns blue, it's an indication of feeling relaxed. If the chip stays black, it's an indication of a tense mood. There are other colors like green and red, and each of them correlates to a different mood.

The basic rule for interpreting temperature changes in the hands is simple. When the body's fight/flight response is activated under stress, the muscles tense, heart rate and the vital organs speed up, and as a result, blood flow is shunted from the hands (and feet) and directed to the vital organs to facilitate the increased level of arousal. The amount of temperature change depends on the stressor or problem and how a person responds to stress.

My logo is on the front of the key fob along with what I call the "Mood Yardstick" that correlates chip colors to moods. On the back, I recommend how a specific breathing technique can facilitate a relaxed mood as an alternative to the fight or flight response when feeling stressed.

Deep breathing has a profound effect on an increased heart rate when feeling stress. When done properly, the pulse rate slows and a sense of calm is achieved when coupled with thoughts that reframe the fight or flight response. It takes a conscious decision to initially practice deep breathing skills, but then it can become second nature the more it is practiced. The relaxation response starts with deep breathing. There is a time and a place when the fight or flight response is a more appropriate reaction to stress, but even then, deep breathing is key to managing a response to the situation. Any reaction to stress is a personal choice.

Stress can fall into two different categories: Distress and Eustress. Distressful situations are usually perceived as negative. Driving in rush hour traffic can be perceived as distressful. Eustressful situations are usually perceived as positive. A job promotion can be perceived as eustressful. In either case, the body's reaction to the stress doesn't know the difference. Blood flow in the body manages to find itself going to the vital organs to protect them under the perceived threat. In either event, properly doing deep breathing exercises can help start the redirection of the blood flow to the hands (and feet), and slow down the pulse rate, thereby helping to promote the start of a relaxation response.

Stooltime Counseling Key Fobs are one tool that can be used as a way to get bio-feedback for measuring stress levels in the body. There is a correlation between stress and body temperature. This tool can be used in conjunction with proper medical treatment from a health professional if necessary. The use of the STC Key Fobs is the sole choice of the reader, and not intended to be the only course of action to take in learning how to manage stress. It is a beginning, though.

Please send $1.00 (USD) and a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) to my P.O. Box address. As soon as I receive your request, I will mail yours to you.

Mark Rogers, LPC
P.O. Box 311
Anchorville, MI. 48004-0311

Thank you,
Mark Rogers, LPC.
Licensed Professional Counselor

I'm not saying the Detroit Tigers are endorsing the STC key fobs, nor am I saying they're using them. I'm just saying. Thank you!

In 2012, the Detroit Tigers were Central Division Champions, American League Pennant winners and played against the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. Congratulations! The team had an excellent run in 2012. Look out 2013!

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