Boosting Spatial Relationship Skills for Girls

Boosting Spatial Relationship Skills for Girls — with help from Annie Murphy Paul   A friend once referred to me as “directionally challenged” when I lost my way on a run while visiting her and almost missed my plane. I absolutely agreed with her and recognized that figuring out directions are a subset of the …

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Improve Your Resistance to Stress

Do you want to improve your ability to cope with stress? Of course you do! The better you manage the effects of internal and external stressors on your body, brain, and mind, the healthier, calmer, more productive, and brighter in the moment you’ll be. Constant high levels of stress can damage brains, …

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Negative Self-talk Creates Stress and Decreases Brain Fitness

What’s the effect of stress on brain fitness? Neither brains or bodies function well when under too much stress. A sharpbrains.com post notes, “Liv­ing with high lev­els of sus­tained stress can have a pro­found neg­a­tive impact on your psy­cho­log­i­cal and brain health. While often there is lit­tle we can do to change …

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Negative Self-Talk Can’t Be Eliminated, But . . .

The negative self-talk habit — or any habit for that matter — can never be eliminated. It will always be hiding someplace in our brain, ready to jump into action when triggered by an old cue; just as you don’t forget how to ride a bicycle. Even when we’ve established a solid replacement habit, for …

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Intelligent Women: Leading from Fear or Love?

Do women lead by fear? I don’t think so. Should they? I don’t know. In my experience many women, in many ages and phases of life, parenting, leading, following, volunteering, partnering are doing what they’re doing by love not fear. Here’s a quote from a Harvard Business …

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Mind or Brain? Who’s In Charge?

Mind or brain? Which one manages your thinking, feelings, behavior? Is brain fitness the same as mind fitness? Who’s running the show up in your head? As many readers know I’ve been interested in brain health and fitness for the last year or more and have posted frequently about neuroscience in the …

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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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Do You Want Someone Reading Your Thoughts?

Summer has arrived finally to Bainbridge Island —88 today. I had a wonderful, long, beautiful waterside bike ride, cleaned the patio, then read the paper late in the day on that patio. It’s very easy to work here when it’s grey and cloudy, drizzling and in the 40′s or 50′s; not so …

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Video Interview with Alvaro Fernandez re Brain Health

Just saw a video interview with Alvaro Fernandez at the Digital Health summer Conference which focuses mostly on physical health. He was there to promote the importance of brain health and fitness. Here’s the video link:      

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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