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Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend. 8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed. Stress.

8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed

It’s an evolutionary tactic that is great in small doses but is literally killing us now that we’re surrounded by it in our daily existence. Here are eight signs you’re succumbing to its vices. 1. The Theory of Cumulative Stress: How to Recover When Stress Builds Up. It was my first year of graduate school and my professor was standing at the front of the room.

The Theory of Cumulative Stress: How to Recover When Stress Builds Up

He was telling our class about a mistake he made years before. About a decade earlier, my professor had been one of the senior executives at Sears, Roebuck & Company, the large department store chain. They were in the middle of a massive national campaign and preparing for a major brand launch. Stress Interferes With the Rhythm of Life: Why This Matters. "Fight or Flight" vs. "Rest and Digest"

Most people have heard of the “fight or flight” response of the nervous system, the way in which the body reacts to stress or danger.

"Fight or Flight" vs. "Rest and Digest"

Many, however, have never heard of the “rest and digest” response. This system activates the more tranquil functions of the body; those that help maintain a healthy, long-term balance. These systems are both part of a larger system named the autonomic nervous system, which controls and influences the way that our internal organs function. While we all think we have just one nervous system, we actually have several! Tend and befriend. Tend-and-befriend is a behavior exhibited by some animals, including humans, in response to threat.

Tend and befriend

It refers to protection of offspring (tending) and seeking out the social group for mutual defense (befriending). Tend-and-befriend is theorized as having evolved as the typical female response to stress, just as the primary male response was fight-or-flight. The tend-and-befriend theoretical model was originally developed by Dr. Shelley E. Taylor and her research team at the University of California, Los Angeles and first described in a Psychological Review article published in the year 2000.[1] Versus fight-or-flight[edit] The fight-or-flight response has been the dominant model of human (and nonhuman animal) responses to stress. Females and fight-or-flight[edit] Throughout most of human history, women spent most of their fertile years either pregnant, breastfeeding, or caring for young children.

Biological bases[edit] According to the Polyvagal Theory developed by Dr. See also[edit] Breathing. The Top 10 Ways to De-stress (and Why You Need Them) One Research-Backed Way to Effectively Manage Your Stressful and Busy Schedule. About twenty years ago, a group of college students at Stanford University headed home for winter break.

One Research-Backed Way to Effectively Manage Your Stressful and Busy Schedule

While they were gone, they were given the task of keeping a daily journal. In this journal, some of the students were asked to write about their most important personal values and then describe how the events of each day connected with those values. Another group of students was simply asked to describe the positive events that happened throughout their day. When the students returned to school after the break, the researchers discovered that those students who wrote about their personal values were healthier, experienced fewer illnesses, and had better energy and attitude than the students who merely wrote about the positive events in their lives.

As time has gone on, these findings have been replicated in nearly a hundred additional studies. “It turns out that writing about your values is one of the most effective psychological interventions ever studied. Catastrophe Checklist: The Simple Art of Navigating Stress. In the event of decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you.

Catastrophe Checklist: The Simple Art of Navigating Stress

Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person. What would you do in an emergency plane landing? I am sure you have heard the word “checklist.” 9 Ways Mindfulness Reduces Stress. 9 Ways to Feel Less Stress When Life Gets Crazy Busy. Email Don’t stress.

9 Ways to Feel Less Stress When Life Gets Crazy Busy

Do your very best. Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout. Teaching is important and rewarding work, but it can also be extremely stressful.

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

Excessive stress may lead to burnout, which is characterized by exhaustion, anxiety, and feelings of being overwhelmed and isolated. Other common symptoms of burnout are a loss of creativity, good humor, patience, and enthusiasm for life -- all of which are crucial attributes for effective teaching. Fortunately, the human brain has tremendous capacity to change and grow.

We can train our malleable, dynamic brains -- specifically, the left prefrontal cortex, which figures prominently in emotional outlook -- to become happier and more optimistic through deliberate practice. 5 Positive Strategies Research suggests that happy people are more likely to have positive relationships with family, friends, and colleagues; to perform better on the job; and even to enjoy greater physical health than those with negative outlooks. 1. Shift away from self-doubt and self-nagging. 2. 3.