Stress Essential Reads

How to Respond to Romantic Rejection With Grace

What we can learn from 'the Bachelorette' about handling rejection well.

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

Proactively Coping With Racism

For most people of color, it becomes increasingly impossible to escape the stress caused by the barrage of news coverage broadcasting the gruesome details of racial violence.

What Stress Can Do for You

By Tim Leberecht on July 13, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Without stress interrupting our comfort-seeking daily lives, we would live without leaps and peaks.

Heaviness in the Heart

I recently helped care for a patient recovering from a cardiac arrest. It turned out that part of his problem may have been due to an old spray can.

5 Ways That Helping Others Is Self-Serving

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that caring for others may be as important as caring for ourselves when we're feeling stressed.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation

There is growing evidence that stimulating the vagus nerve can improve well-being in many ways—including the reduction of chronic inflammation.

Why Tuesdays Are More Inspiring Than Fridays

By Nick Tasler on July 05, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
We all want to be happy and inspired. But what if the pursuit of happiness blocks the arousal of inspiration?

How to Create Your Way to Better Stress Management

By David DiSalvo on July 02, 2016 in Neuronarrative
A new study offers compelling evidence that adults seeking stress relief, no matter how artistically gifted or experienced, should stop making excuses and start making art.

2 Ways to Stop Worrying and Overcome Anxiety

Are you caught in an undertow of anxious thoughts? Here's how to break free.

Do Partners Owe Each Other Total Honesty and Openness?

The desire to share your emotions, experiences, and private thoughts is a normal part of a thriving and healthy relationship.

What to Do When Your Partner Just Won't Open Up

We want and expect our romantic partners to be completely open. These are the four mistakes you need to avoid when they fall short.

Who Needs a Hug? We All Do!

Whether it’s a big old bear hug, a pat on the back, or a hand on your shoulder, physical touch leads to physical healing.

Why 1 in 3 People Adapt to Change More Successfully

By Nick Tasler on June 22, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
Research explains why, when bad things happen, one out of three people find inspiration where others find only imprisonment.

What to Do When Your Life Is a Mess

When you feel like everything in your life is going wrong, follow these steps to gain control of your problems.

4 Steps to Calm Yourself When You’re Anxious

The human brain is good at creating anxiety, and we all feel threatened by tiny cues that were relevant long ago. You can undo your anxiety when you know how you created it.

Self-Reg: The Nature of Stress

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on June 20, 2016 in Self-Reg
Self-Reg is a powerful method for understanding stress and managing energy—and it is very different from self-control. We can all break the stress cycle and live successfully.

How Racists Can Soar Above Their Affliction

Racist attitudes alienate us from a sense of basic humanity, which makes us more likely to perceive insult and feel devalued, exert power, and justify it with presumed superiority.

Making Art Can De-Stress You—Even If You're Lousy at It

Making art may lower our stress hormone levels, a new study finds—no matter what skills we bring to the table.

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 1

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research.

Can We Take the Eye Out of the Adolescent Storm?

The self-help industry is a $10 billion a year industry and Los Angeles is arguably the capital. However, is it even effective?

Are We All Becoming Pavlov’s Dogs?

Don't let your phone control you. A few simple tricks will help you keep technology from taking over your life.

7 Tips to Get Smartphone Overuse Under Control

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 07, 2016 in Minding the Body
How can you control your smartphone use so it’s not controlling you? Lisa Strohman, founder of the Technology Wellness Center, offers some smart phone advice.

Why Are Some Soldiers With Combat Stress More Resilient?

By Eric Newhouse on June 07, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
Researchers in San Diego have found genetic differences in two groups of combat vets—those with PTSD and those without it—that may explain why some are more resilient.

Meeting Malpractice

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on June 06, 2016 in Superbosses
Avoiding meeting malpractice will not solve all of our problems in an era of tremendous globalization and technological disruption. But I bet it’s a great way to start.

Be a Hero

We’d all like to think that when we see something bad happening—a person injured in an accident or someone being assaulted— we would step forward to render aid.

The Peculiar Thought We Often Have When Facing Illness

Some of the psychological consequences of illness are obvious. This one, less so.

Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.
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3 Foolproof Ways to Prevent Work Burnout, Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Feeling It
Why your productivity may be making you less productive and what you should do instead—backed by science.

Imagine Me Gone

Despite popular myths about seasonality of suicides, rates actually spike in late spring and early summer rather than during the holidays or in the depths of winter.