The Stress of Choosing the “Right” Food

Does trying to choose the “right” food stress you out? In our information-saturated landscape, choosing what to eat has become more and more complicated.  Food stress is the pressure of making the right choice often makes us self-limit choices.  We avoid buying this food because a television doctor said it is terrible for us.  We…

Does Working From Home Reduce Stress? Remote Workforce

As companies struggle to retain millennials and create more productive teams, the draw of a remote workforce is alluring. Not only does it decrease brick and mortar costs, but the theory is also that remote employees enjoy better work-life balance, less stress, and are likely to stay with the company. But is this true? Is…

Does lack of sleep make you stupid?

Poor sleep is bad for your heart AND your brain! An article about poor sleep and the build-up of plaque in the body caught my eye. The study is remarkable in that it is the first study: “to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” according to José Ordovás,…

How to Reduce Stress in Uncertain Times

Did watching the Presidential address and the response last night spike your stress level? No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, exposure to the government shut-down, economic pressures, and legislative uncertainty can elevate your stress level. In my research on job stress, uncertainty was the second most common source of stress (following overwhelm).…

Are You An Iguana or a Border Collie?

Discovering your stress recovery personality lowers stress! According to my research, job stress is at epidemic levels.  Most stress reduction strategies tend toward the quiet, contemplative activities.  These activities work well for some people, but for others… sitting quietly and concentrating on their breathing increases their stress because they can’t shut off thinking about the…

How Does A Negative Work Environment Create Job Stress?

Does a crabby co-worker or an overly demanding boss increase stress? Absolutely. According to my job stress research, the environment at work is the 3rd leading cause of stress.  This makes sense for a couple of reasons: First, stress is contagious. Sitting next to a highly stressed person increases your stress.  A recent study indicates…

Why Do Stress Management Programs Fail?

Are we trying to solve the wrong problem? Work-Life Balance is one of my most requested speaking topics. Can I admit something? I hate the concept of Work-life Balance. Here are a few reasons why: First, Work-life Balance assumes that work and life exist separately from each other and if we just could keep one…

Fear And Stress: Coping with media coverage of tragedy

Dealing fear and stress triggers in the wake of 3 hurricanes and the Las Vegas Shooting. Television coverage is designed to enagage the viewer and can trigger unwelcome emotions, stress and fear. I understand those triggers and watching the coverage of three hurricanes and the shooting last night in Las Vegas brings back a cold,…