Category Archive: Reduce Your Stress

How Can You “Lean In” if You Have the Negative Self-Talk Habit?

The early pages of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg contain many examples of NST — Sandberg’s or other women’s thinking habit. She doesn’t label it negative self-talk, but notes the frequent presence of the imposter syndrome and self-criticism in many women.  Examples from her book: ” Show me a woman without guilt …

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Does Talking Out Stress Help Women Live Longer?

Stress As I write this post, I’m feeling slightly stressed at the prospect of a flight to LA — a quick trip for a graduation — and of course all the family dynamics that will inevitably charge the scene. I’m working on managing that stress, motivated by recent posts and this one too! I’m a …

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The Stressed Sex — Guess Who?

Women are more stressed and are diagnosed with anxiety and depressive disorders more frequently than men, according to authors of The Stressed Sex, Daniel and Jason Freeman. It’s certainly plausible that women experience higher levels of stress because of the demands of their social role …

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How Do You Break Habits? Easily? Nope.

How do you break a habit? Breaking the negative self-talk habit with a focus on using new brain science (my current book project) changes the approach, but doesn’t change some facts about making and breaking habits. Jeremy Dean’s book, Making Habits, Breaking Habits comments that the intention to break a habit is …

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Increase Cognitive Function, Improve Problem-Solving by Choosing Change

Some of us embrace change, others are change agents, but most people don’t like to BE changed. It’s one thing if you have some control over the change and are choosing change, another if you are being told, gently forced or demanded to change. The article, “Continue reading »

Information Overload Plus Ongoing NST Causes Stress — No Surprise

Still reading and thinking about information overload as it relates to brain function and stress. Some interesting research info from a New York Times May 5th article, “Brain Interrupted” by Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson: • Typical office worker gets 11 minutes between interruptions. •  It takes 25 …

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Go for Self-Acceptance/Let Go of Negative Self-Talk

“Too many of the women I see in private practice are immobilized by this idea of “should.” And it’s not just the haunting, tenacious feeling that you should do something, but the feeling that you should be something, namely an idealized version of yourself – the kind of person who would clean …

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Advice from Opera Star Joyce Di Donato about Negative Self-Talk

Still struggling with negative self-talk? Please listen to minutes 8 to 16 on Joyce Di Donato, Juilliard’s Master Class (YouTube).  Wilma Koutstaal, author of The Agile Mind, sent the link to me, knowing my writing and thinking about negative self-talk. The entire segment is interesting if you’re a music aficionado, …

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How Long Does the Amy Cuddy Power Poses Effect Last?

Just did a workshop at the American Society for Authors and Journalists: Public Speaking for Private Writers Writers. We (four  facilitators) taught and had participants use Amy Cuddy’s power poses prior to practicing the three or four opening sentences of their presentations-to-be. It was fun and funny and everyone. When we asked …

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How Do You Cope with Information Overload?

Here are some consequences of overload, borrowed from Jonathan B. Spira’s book Overload! How Too Much Information is Hazardous to your Organization — and I add, to You and Me! Spira defines information overload as an excess of information that results in the loss of ability to make decisions, process information, and …

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