Stressed for Good: Surprising New Science about Stress

Stressed for Good: Surprising New Science about Stress

…uctive had measurable health and task performance benefits. . Your Body On Stress Stress in your brain and body activates the sympathetic–adrenal–medullary (SAM) axis following one of two stress response pathways: Challenge or Threat. This table shows the differences between the two pathways. Challenge Stress Response Threat Stress Response increased cardiac efficiency reduced cardiac efficiency vasodilation (increase peripheral blood flow) vasoco…

White Paper: Stress, EQ, and Performance in Healthcare

White Paper: Stress, EQ, and Performance in Healthcare

…way EQ helps improve performance is by mitigating the negative effects of stress. Stress is a physical, mental, and emotional response to perceived threat. Stress can be healthy and valuable; it can focus people on critical needs and can motivate learning; short, intense stress is even healthy. On the other hand, stress can also deteriorate both physical and mental health (contributing to disease, reducing physical resilience, increasing depressi…

Stress Buster

Stress Buster

…uster Program which includes a series of three e-mails and free tools! The Stress-Buster Program includes inspiration and research based tools to help you transform your stress into positive energy. By submitting this form I consent that I’d like to receive email about EQ from Six Seconds (and can opt-out anytime) and to the terms of Six Seconds’ Privacy Policy including, if I’m outside the US, transferring my data internationall…

Smell, Perception, and the Hidden Cost of Stress

Smell, Perception, and the Hidden Cost of Stress

…s competent than controls who rated the same people but not while smelling stress sweat. In other words, people can literally smell stress, and it changes the way they think about and respond to you. Don’t sweat the small stuff takes on a whole new meaning with these findings Click To Tweet This brings up some tough questions about the costs of overwork and stress in the workplace. Maybe trying to do everything at once is not the best way to go. A…

Expert Panel: Transforming Stress with Resilience

Expert Panel: Transforming Stress with Resilience

…ave oxytocin as part of our stress reaction? Chantel: This is the irony of stress. Stress kidnaps you. It diverts you from the things that you actually need. I think the oxytocin is going, “Come on you need a hug, you need a hug.” It’s fighting against the other neurohormone of stress, cortisol, but the cortisol is winning. We’ve been mentioning things like acknowledge the emotion, okay I’m feeling stressed, just stay…

Threat or Challenge? The Surprising New Science of How We Think About Stress

Threat or Challenge? The Surprising New Science of How We Think About Stress

…bout stress,” McGonigal says, “you can change your body’s response to it.” Stressing About Stress According to a massive research study at the University of Wisconsin, our attitudes about stress make it a killer. In the study, a sample of 30,000 people reported feeling high stress AND held a negative view of stress (reported that stress impacted their health a lot). In this group, participants had a 43% increased risk of premature death. It turns…

Stress is Killing Me! Time for Emotional Intelligence?

Stress is Killing Me! Time for Emotional Intelligence?

…ching and advocating treatment that works with the human mind and body. To Stress or Not To Stress Benson’s work is based on a simple, powerful idea: Just as we have a stress response, we have a relaxation response. In his words, we can learn to trigger this response and facilitate the human mind to bring for the emotions that open us to the positive influences in life. This is an example of being smarter with feelings, a growing field of sc…

Stressed About Change?

Stressed About Change?

…managing change possible for leaders? It’s easy to see why change creates stress. Stress also creates change – and, paradoxically, blocks it. To lead change, or just to survive it, we need to learn more about how stress works. That’s good. The success and failure of change is interlaced with the complexity of stress. Is reducing stress and managing change possible for leaders? It’s easy to see why change creates stress. Stress also creates…

Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress

Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress

…o a bigger range of emotions, and have more peace.   People often add stress to their stress with three common mistakes: Try to change too much at once. It’s almost inevitable that if you try to fix everything at once you’ll be disappointed! Take it slow, focus on one change and get that right. Blame yourself. People often tell me “I shouldn’t feel this,” or “I should be past this.” Fine. But if you&#…

Healthcare Study: Emotional Intelligence Reduces Stress and Predicts 66% of Key Success Factors

Healthcare Study: Emotional Intelligence Reduces Stress and Predicts 66% of Key Success Factors

…thcare professionals – and especially those in leadership positions. While stress is a challenge to almost everyone, the way doctors and nurses cope with stress can be a matter of life and death. Fortunately new research reveals one key for dealing with the pressure: emotional intelligence. In a study conducted with the obstetrics department of a major urban hospital in Bologna, Italy, the healthcare professionals high in emotional intelligence sc…

Parenting to overcome stress

…a little simplistic – but not bad! Premise is that there is negative stress and positive stress. Parents need help kids know the difference and know what to do about it. What to do? Well, a few suggestions. Conclusion: EMOTIONAL intelligence helps children adjust to the needs and pressures of life. Life’s challenges often cause anxiety, leading children to seek reassurance. Children can be taught to deal with challenges by identifying their…

Stress-Free Life: 5 Wise Principles

Stress-Free Life: 5 Wise Principles

…elationships came with an instruction manual to live a positive, wise, and stress-free life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to happen that way. These principles above have aided me in my struggle for communication “heart to heart”. Let me know if they help you. 1. Listen with one heart instead of two ears. In life, on any one given day, a potential conflict springing to the “center ring” exists. It occurs between children, between parents and chil…

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