The Productive Woman | Productivity, Time Management, and Organization for Busy Women
About This Show
A podcast intended to help busy women find the tools and the encouragement to manage their lives, their time, their stress, and their stuff so they can accomplish the things that matter most to them.
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Emergency Stress Protocol – TPW109
2 days ago
When the demands of a busy life start to "stress you out," how do you handle it? It's important to have a strategy in place when stressful situations arise. Recently when I began to feel overwhelmed by the stress of multiple demands at work, I implemented my Emergency Stress Protocol. I thought I'd share it with you, in case you find it helpful too!
Coping with Stress
When life is throwing things at you with both hands, stress can affect you physically, psychologically, and emotionally. If you're like me, you can end up feeling distracted, unfocused, tense, and headachy. Why does that happen, and what can we do about it?
What is stress, and what does it do to us?
Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Another definition of stress is “the nonspecific response of the body to any demand for change.” It is important to understand that stress isn’t the thing that’s happening, it’s your body’s response to what’s happening.
Our bodies are designed to use stress as a defense mechanism. We favor sameness because we want to feel safe and secure. The unknown and unfamiliar has historically been seen as dangerous and our body perceives change as a threat. In response to stress, our body then triggers the “fight or flight” response, shutting down unnecessary body functions and preparing us to run or fight when necessary. This is the body’s way of protecting us from danger.
One problem in the 21st century is that our bodies can’t distinguish between the threat of a tiger or an argument with a friend. The same physical reactions occur, but since there is no reason or opportunity to burn it off by fighting or fleeing, the effects of those “fight or flight” hormones can build up and wreak havoc on our physical and psychological health.
While we often hear of “fight or flight,” we now know that a more correct description is “fight, flight, or freeze.” Our bodies are designed to prepare for action, but if that’s not possible, then the freeze response takes over and that is when our body starts to shut down.
When our body and mind are assaulted by continuing stream of demands, changes, and stressors, they’re affected in very predictable and destructive ways. The body and mind are designed to protect us but if t
Rated 5 out of
Great show and Online Community
I found the TPW podcast a week ago and I'm working my way through the episodes. I love it so far, Laura is very down to earth yet with all that she has going on it's clear that she knows how to be productive! There is also a Facebook Community, Laura gives details in the recent episodes. I took a chance and posted a question there and within the day I had a few responses, including from Laura herself. I couldn't ask for more, check it out! This evening I went for a run just so I had an excuse to listen to TPW :-)
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of
Really great podcast
I love Laura's honesty and natural warmth and she always has helpful tips and things that make you think not only about getting things done - but getting the right things done. Thank you so much for a wonderful program.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of
My new Favorite Podcast
I discovered TPW podcast a few weeks back when I recommitted to consistent exercise. Laura's voice is so comforting and she is very practical and encouraging. The guests she interviews are very interesting and informative. I learn something new when I listen but more importantly,there is always something I can immediately put into practice. Action steps are the way to success. Thank you Laura!
Date published: 2016-09-21