Conscious Competence in Stress Management

Tweet Recently I talked about a way to reduce your stress during the upcoming holidays. If you live in the U.S., you probably had your first chance to practice over Thanksgiving. How did you do? Did you have any “aha” moments? As a quick recap, in the post I just mentioned, I talked about changing the story you are telling yourself and discovering that it changed the meaning of the event… which in turn, reduced the stress (if you changed the story in a helpful way. If you didn’t, you may have increased the stress. Oops.) In the post I … Continue reading

Is Stress Really That Bad?

Tweet If you have followed me for any time, you may have already heard me share that “Stress Makes You Stupid”. (I originally heard that from Silvia Hartmann.) And, it’s true.   However, Silvia recently pointed out that stress has some other nasty implications (I mean besides the usual suspects.) For instance, are you a better person when you are not stressed? Most of us are. Relaxed, not stressed (possible/probable) behaviors: Calm Understanding Patient Loving Considerate Joyful Creative Happy Playful Clear-thinking Thoughtful Productive Energetic   And, the other side of the coin is our behavior when we are stressed.   … Continue reading

How to Be Smarter

Tweet Can you be smarter? Would you like to be? Stress Makes You Stupid. It shuts down the brain and sends you into auto-survival mode. You don’t think, you react. What if you weren’t so stressed? Would that change the way you think? Would you be smarter? Would you make better decisions? I think so. I’m not the only one, though. Behavioral scientists think so, too. They have made extensive studies and have come to understand how badly stress affects us. They know it adversely affects our health. They know it affects our mental processes — in a bad way. … Continue reading