Is Stress Getting The Best Of You? with Alison Earl
By Michelle McQuaid
Alison Earl is the author of Tripowerment: The Why, the Will and the Way of Breakthrough Change. She works with people and companies around the globe to empower self-directed change as a guest lecturer in Behavioral Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health and the leader of an academic and commercial think tank dedicated to solving the most complex problems in behavior change. In this episode, we explore why feeling stressed at work isn't always bad for our wellbeing or out performance. Alison explains how our beliefs about stress impact us neurologically and shape the way we think, feel, and act. She also shares the simple steps we can take for ourselves, our teams, and our workplaces to harness more of the positive effects of stress. Connect with Alison Earl: Website: https://alisonearl.com/ You’ll Learn: [03:51] - Alison explains what the latest research is discovering about the impact stress can have on our wellbeing and performance at work. [07:35] - Alison outlines some of the different stress responses we are each capable of experiencing and how our beliefs about stress can trigger these and impact the way we think, feel, and act. [12:38] - Alison shares how our connections with others can help us to transform stress into courage. [15:19] - Alison offers some practical tips for challenging our stress mindsets in the heat of the moment when stress threatens to hijack us. [18:35] - Alison explains why tackling stress at work needs to be a shared responsibility between workers, teams, leaders, and organizations in order to be truly effective. [21:24] - Alison shares structural approaches teams can put in place to help improve their stress responses. [23:31] - Alison Completes the Lightning round. Your Resources: MPPW Podcast on Facebook Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post. Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them. And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free! You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing. Until next time, take care! Thank you Alison!