EP 517: The Upside of Stress with Dr. McGonigal

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In this episode, Annie was pleased to be joined by the author of The Upside of Stress, Dr. Kelly McGonigal. She has been embracing stress in a way that our culture shies away from. 

Tune in to hear Dr. McGonigal and Annie discuss society’s false beliefs about stress. What happens to our bodies when we feel stressed out? Annie and Dr. McGonigal share what healthy vs unhealthy coping mechanisms are and why alcohol is no longer a part of either of their lives.


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Highlights of The Upside of Stress with Dr. McGonigal

Dr. McGonigal shares how she handles stress in her own life.

  • Listen to Annie share why The Upside of Stress caught her eye and was the first book she read after the book she wrote.
  • Dr. Kelly McGonigal and Annie discuss what the best way is to harness and engage with stress.
  • Find out what it means to take care of ourselves and have compassion for ourselves.
  • Annie brings up the point, is it going to affect your life in a better way to think of stress as toxic or treat stress as something resourceful?
  • Dr. McGonigal shares scientific studies of the cardiovascular response to stress versus excitement.
  • Listen to Dr. McGonigal share why she doesn’t drink alcohol and how this decision effects her life today.
  • How do we manage and cope with stress in a healthy way? Listen to Dr. McGonigal share how meditation and yoga has been beneficial in her life.

There’s More

Listen to the entire podcast to hear Dr. Kelly McGonigal and Annie discuss the positive side of stress. Plus, hear them share healthy coping strategies.

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