25 episodes

A Little Bit Easier is a video series by Sarah Lang and Pamela Lund. They met when Pam nearly had a work anxiety-driven breakdown and hired Sarah to coach her through it.

Not only did Sarah successfully coach her through it, she gave Pam mindset tools and awareness that continue to help her years later.

Their goal is to have smart, entertaining conversations that offer you the same tools that Sarah uses with her coaching clients.

They want to help you make life feel a little bit easier.

A Little Bit Easier Pamela Lund and Sarah Lang

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A Little Bit Easier is a video series by Sarah Lang and Pamela Lund. They met when Pam nearly had a work anxiety-driven breakdown and hired Sarah to coach her through it.

Not only did Sarah successfully coach her through it, she gave Pam mindset tools and awareness that continue to help her years later.

Their goal is to have smart, entertaining conversations that offer you the same tools that Sarah uses with her coaching clients.

They want to help you make life feel a little bit easier.

    How Confirmation and Negativity Biases Are Holding You Back

    How Confirmation and Negativity Biases Are Holding You Back

    In this episode, Pam and Sarah discuss the cognitive biases of negativity bias and confirmation bias. They explain how these biases work together to create a powerful feedback loop, leading to negative thinking and confirmation-seeking behavior. The negativity bias is the tendency to give more weight to negative information, while confirmation bias is the tendency to seek information that confirms pre-existing beliefs. These biases are rooted in evolutionary survival mechanisms and can have a significant impact on our daily lives.

    Takeaways


    Negativity bias is the tendency to give more weight to negative information, while confirmation bias is the tendency to seek information that confirms pre-existing beliefs.
    These biases work together to create a powerful feedback loop, leading to negative thinking and confirmation-seeking behavior.
    The negativity bias is rooted in evolutionary survival mechanisms, as our brains are wired to pay more attention to threats and potential harm.
    Awareness of these biases can help us recognize and mitigate their impact in our daily lives, leading to more positive and balanced thinking. Negativity bias and confirmation bias can have a significant impact on our thoughts and actions.
    These biases can stall progress in various areas of life, such as public speaking, creative pursuits, and health goals.
    Negative feedback can have a lasting impact and hinder personal and professional growth.
    To mitigate the impact of these biases, it is important to practice mindfulness, seek diverse perspectives, and cultivate a gratitude practice.
    Challenging automatic thoughts and building awareness are key to counteracting these biases.

    • 47 min
    The Sunk Cost Fallacy

    The Sunk Cost Fallacy

    In this conversation we explore the concept of sunk cost fallacy, which is the tendency to continue investing resources in something even when it's no longer beneficial. Examples include staying in an unfulfilling job or relationship and continuing to pay for unused memberships or subscriptions.

    Takeaways


    Sunk cost fallacy is the tendency to continue investing in something even when it's no longer beneficial.
    Awareness of the sunk cost fallacy can lead to positive outcomes, such as saving money and building resilience.
    The fear of failure and the desire to maintain self-worth often drive the sunk cost fallacy.
    By reframing the story and understanding the emotional and fear-based aspects, individuals can break free from the sunk cost trap and embrace change.

    • 42 min
    The Seven Types of Rest

    The Seven Types of Rest

    In this episode, we discuss the concept of rest and the seven types of rest identified by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. The seven types of rest are physical rest, mental rest, spiritual rest, emotional rest, sensory rest, social rest, and creative rest.

    We took the seven types of rest quiz to see where we were deficient. We share our results, ways we're working to address our rest deficits, and offer practical tips for each type of rest. As always, we emphasize the need for self-awareness and self-care.

    Take the quiz here: ⁠https://www.restquiz.com/quiz/rest-quiz-test/⁠

    Watch the TEDx talk here: https://ideas.ted.com/the-7-types-of-rest-that-every-person-needs/

    Takeaways


    Rest is not just about physical relaxation, but also includes mental, emotional, spiritual, sensory, social, and creative aspects.
    Self-awareness is key in identifying areas of rest that may be depleted and need attention.
    Taking breaks and engaging in activities that restore and recharge each type of rest can lead to greater overall well-being.
    Finding a balance and prioritizing different types of rest can lead to a more fulfilling and balanced life.
    Surrounding oneself with the right people is crucial for social rest.
    Finding meaning and purpose is key to achieving spiritual rest.
    Connecting with nature and practicing mindfulness can contribute to overall rest.

     

    • 45 min
    How to Respect Your Sleep

    How to Respect Your Sleep

    In this episode, Pam and Sarah discuss various strategies and habits for improving sleep quality. They share their different perspectives on sleep and their natural sleep schedules.

    They share their nighttime routines. Sarah's is more traditional with reading, magnesium, and journaling. Pam's is weirder and includes the use of nose strips and mouth tape for better breathing during sleep. They emphasize the importance of establishing a sleep routine and respecting one's sleep needs.

    They also explore the benefits of sunlight exposure in the morning for regulating the circadian rhythm. The conversation covers the role of exercise, supplements, and engaging the brain with specific tasks to aid in falling asleep. Additionally, they provide tips for dealing with middle-of-the-night wakefulness, such as changing location and practicing self-compassion.

    Takeaways


    Sleep is essential for overall well-being and affects various aspects of life.
    Everyone has different natural sleep schedules and preferences.
    Respecting sleep and creating a consistent bedtime routine can improve sleep quality.
    Avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evening, lowering the bedroom temperature, and exercising regularly can contribute to better sleep.
    Personalized nighttime routines can enhance sleep quality.
    Expose yourself to sunlight in the morning to regulate your circadian rhythm.
    Incorporate exercise into your morning routine to promote better sleep.
    Consider supplements if needed.
    Engage your brain with complex tasks, such as counting or listing items, to help fall asleep. Listen for Pam's "weird trick" for falling asleep.
    If you experience middle-of-the-night wakefulness, try changing your location and practice self-compassion.

    • 48 min
    Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

    Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

    In this conversation, Pam and Sarah discuss their journeys into self-employment and the differences between being self-employed and having a traditional job.

    They explore the themes of stability vs. freedom, income predictability, career growth and development, and work-life balance. They highlight the pros and cons of each and provide insights into how to navigate these aspects of entrepreneurship.

    They discuss finding support and guidance, taking creative urges seriously, networking, and learning as you go.

    Takeaways

    -Self-employment offers the freedom to set your own schedule and choose the projects you work on, but it also requires careful financial planning and budgeting.
    -Both self-employment and traditional jobs offer opportunities for career growth and development, but self-employment allows for more flexibility in pursuing personal interests and learning new skills.
    -Work-life balance can be challenging in both self-employment and traditional jobs, but setting boundaries and creating a schedule can help maintain a healthy balance.
    -Each individual's experience with self-employment and traditional jobs will vary, and it's important to choose the path that aligns with your values, goals, and preferences. 
    -Find a community or mentor who can guide you through starting a business.
    Take creative urges seriously and take the next right step.
    -Network with people in different industries to expand your business opportunities.
    -Start your business and learn as you go, without waiting for perfection.

    Hire Sarah to coach you through a career shift: https://www.sarahlang.ca/

    • 40 min
    Book Club | Unwinding Anxiety by Dr. Jud Brewer

    Book Club | Unwinding Anxiety by Dr. Jud Brewer

    In this conversation, Pam and Sarah discuss anxiety through the lens of the book 'Unwinding Anxiety' by Dr. Jud Brewer. They share their personal experiences with anxiety and how it affects their lives. They explore the concept of anxiety as a habit and the habit loop that reinforces anxious behaviors.

    They discuss the physical manifestations of anxiety and the role of self-judgment in perpetuating anxiety. They delve into the process of retraining the brain, including awareness, identifying the reward, and practicing mindfulness and curiosity. They explore the concept of interest curiosity and how it can be fostered to reduce anxiety.



    Takeaways


    Anxiety is a common experience that affects everyone to some degree.
    Anxiety is a habit that is reinforced by the habit loop of trigger, behavior, and result.
    Self-judgment and feelings of guilt can reinforce anxiety habits.
    Retraining the brain involves awareness, identifying the reward, and practicing mindfulness and curiosity.
    Interest curiosity can help reduce anxiety and foster a sense of openness and enjoyment.
    Practicing curiosity and using physical actions like opening the eyes wide can help break the anxiety habit loop.
    Anxiety is a part of life, and it is important to accept and navigate it rather than seeking an anxiety-free utopia.



    Links:
    Unwinding Anxiety / Dr. Jud's site

    CliftonStrengths

    Pigeon study that turned them into gamblers
    Sarah's site

    • 49 min

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Great insights, easy listening

Thank you for sharing!I really enjoy listening in on these weekly conversations. I find the content really stimulating without being too heavy, and the tone of your conversations is very calming. I have gleaned some wonderful tips and recommendations that have in fact made my life a little bit easier.

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