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Reframing STRESS : an interview with Kelly McGonigal, PhD
What if the most detrimental thing about stress was dictated by what we THINK about stress?
Even crazier, what if REFRAMING our mindset around stress actually made us healthier, happier and more resilient?
On this week's episode it is my distinct honor to have interviewed Stanford psycologist, author, and dance teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD. Author of the game-changing book "The Upside of Stress" (among others!), Kelly and I deep-dive into all things STRESS: how it got it's bad wrap and how embracing stress can make us stronger, more resilient, and more fulfilled people, and how to cultivate the mindset to do so.
Life is full of stressors, it means we've got something we care about. What if we learned to embrace it and allow it to grow us, to make us more compassionate and fulfilled?
I hope you'll love this conversation as much as I did!
About the Author:
Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
Check out Kelly's website: http://kellymcgonigal.com/
Find Kelly on instagram: @kellymariemcgonigal
Taking steps towards CONFIDENCE
It's time to take some ACTION.
On this week's episode, we're taking a look at the steps we can take that cultivate more confidence. You'll notice that amongst all these steps there's one major pattern...getting out of your HEAD, and taking ACTION!
Confidence isn't something gained through THINKING about or RUMINATING on it, it's gained through trial and error, taking risks, and letting go of the things that get in the way.
You'll find some big mindset adjustments, but also very TANGIBLE and actionable tips you can implement TODAY in this episode!
What gets in the way of CONFIDENCE?
Why are some people more confident than others???
Genetics? Gender roles? Personal beliefs? Mindset?
Yes. Yes. Yes. YES.
Turns out there are a variety of factors that affect an individual level of confidence - but the BEST news is that NONE of it is absolute and all of it has room for development!
This week we’re discussing some of these things that can be stumbling blocks on our path to more confidence demonstrated in the literature surrounding confidence including our genetic make-up, our societal norms AND the beliefs and mindsets we have that might just require some digging into BEFORE we can really pursue authentic confidence.
You better believe that there’s an actionable piece in this episode and I think it’s one you’re going to benefit from - hope you love it!
What does CONFIDENCE actually look like?
What’s something most people feel like they don’t have enough of and definitely want more of?
Okay, there are a lot of things that fit that criteria, but this week we’re starting our monthlong discussion on CONFIDENCE - what it is, what stands in the way of getting it, how to get it and how to pay it forward.
On this week’s discussion we’re talking specifically about what I feel is THE prerequisite for cultivating true confidence as well as some resources to help you get started and/or continue on your path.
The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Myers-Briggs testing at 16personalities.com
Enneagram testing, try free tests online, but then read up!
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin at https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/
Wholehearted Inventory at https://brenebrown.com/wholeheartedinventory/
Values List at https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Values.pdf
Stepping into difficult conversations
Do you find yourself consistently running into a wall with someone, getting more and more frustrated that they just. don’t. get. it???
In a world where we tend to avoid pain and discomfort (see last week’s episode), difficult conversations are the first thing to go. But these conversations that seek clarity and understanding, while uncomfortable, are the only path forward.
Whether it’s with a client, a manager, or a partner, clear communication and setting expectations is not only necessary but it’s what we ought to extend to one another.
As Brene Brown often says “Clear is kind”, I hope you’ll listen along this week to discuss WHY that is and HOW we can move forward, extending kindness through clarity.
Is it possible to be TOO positive?
In an attempt to avoid "negative" emotions, are we actually taking it too far and creating more hardship for ourselves and others?
I think we can recognize that there's a prevailing message, particularly in social media, that tells us to "stay positive" or "positive vibes only" - a direct result from a cultural shift towards the avoidance of pain and suffering. But by doing this, are we actually creating MORE suffering for ourselves and others?
On this week's episode we're discussing that and some practical tips on balancing having a "positive outlook" and "toxic positivity".
Amazing Podcast for DVMs!
So happy that I stumbled upon this podcast. Lo is tackling some very applicable topics in a refreshing and positive way! Thank you!!!
Not real life for this GP DVM
Dr Curtis is very sweet and has great ideas but her podcasts are way too generic for me as a GP veterinarian. I’ve heard it all before and I’m still here.
New favorite podcast
This podcast is 🔥. It feels like she is speaking to my soul. Such good advice and I love listening! I actively anticipate each new episode and cannot wait to hear what’s next. There’s a hint of religion but not enough to deter if that’s not what your into. Recommending it to all of my vet med folks!