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How to View Stress as an Opportunity for Growth

How to View Stress as an Opportunity for Growth

The other day, I was feeling stressed. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, because I was thinking about all the things I had to get done. The main focus of my stress was work and money. I had an upcoming grant deadline looming, and I...
How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

When you lift weights in the gym, you get stronger by applying stress to your muscles. You put your muscles under tension and strain, and the muscles actually break down a little bit. You don’t technically get stronger in the gym. You get stronger after the workout,...
It’s Not That Serious

It’s Not That Serious

One of my friends has a mantra he uses when life starts to get tense or stressful: It’s not that serious. We were chatting the other day, and the mantra came up. He and his fiancé are in the midst of planning their wedding. I got married a few years ago, so I know it...
When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

When Adversity Hits, Staying Calm is a Superpower

I recently saw the movie Vice, which chronicles the political life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. What struck me the most about the film was Cheney’s ability to remain remarkably calm in the face of adversity. Heart Attack One scene stood out to me. Cheney is...
The ABC’s of Dealing with Holiday Stress

The ABC’s of Dealing with Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a stressful time. Traveling, family, spending lots of money… It’s no wonder many of us have mixed feelings around the holidays. We’re looking forward to the celebrations, but we know our stress levels are going to spike. Dealing with Holiday Stress...
Stuff = Stress

Stuff = Stress

The more stuff we have, the more stress we experience. Sometimes we believe the opposite is true. We see a new gadget, piece of furniture, or pair of shoes, and we just have to have it. We feel like it will definitely improve our lives in a tangible way. Maybe the...
Look Underneath Your Coping Strategy

Look Underneath Your Coping Strategy

We each have different strategies for coping with stress. Some strategies are more helpful, and other strategies are less helpful. What kinds of things do you do in order to cope? Maybe you turn to exercise, or talking a problem over with a friend. Perhaps you cope by...
HALT

HALT

Have you ever found yourself losing your temper, but not knowing why? This happened to me the other day. I was at the mechanic, dealing with a car problem. The situation was frustrating—I wasn’t sure how much the problem was going to cost to fix, and the place was...
Do the Next Right Thing

Do the Next Right Thing

Sometimes life gets too difficult and overwhelming. Maybe you’re in one of those times right now. Everywhere you turn, life keeps piling stressful things on to your plate. You can’t seem to catch a break. Your to-do list is a mile long. When I get in a situation like...
Write Everything Down

Write Everything Down

Today I want to talk to you about a simple intervention that can decrease stress and anxiety, and improve productivity in your life: Write everything down. I remember one time I woke up in the middle of the night feeling anxious. There were a couple of things on my...
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