The Downsides of Doing Too Much: Why Multitasking Is Stressful

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Imagine working calmly on your latest project, when the phone rings on your desk.   “Bad news,” your teammate tells you down the line, “your client needs that work by tomorrow, I’m afraid–a whole week earlier than we had planned.”   You’re stressed out and slightly panicked. But how do you react?  Do you continue as you […]

Denial: A Defensive Response to Stress

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Do you often shrug off big events, only to regret it later?  Like an angry customer, conflicts at work, or the repercussions of your own mistakes?   Or perhaps you put tasks on the backburner, telling yourself they’ll be fine when they’re really, really very urgent to deal with now?  Being in denial is a classic […]

Easily Offended? It May Be Stress

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A man walks into a bar. He looks at you and says: “Cool shirt.”  How would you react? Would you feel great, proud to be a trendsetter, or would you slink out, convinced that you look ridiculous?  If you’re the first, more power to you; if it’s the latter, you may be someone who’s quite […]

Mouse, or Elephant? Why Stress Makes Us Exaggerate

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We all love a good story. They’re more entertaining than dry, hard facts, and sharing an interesting tale is a great way to bond with others.  But do you ever catch yourself embellishing your narratives, expanding on them more and more with increasingly (fictional) detail?  Like that small headache that became a migraine when you […]

How Stress Causes Sleepiness and 3 Great Solutions

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Picture this: you’re at work, desk piled high. Emails flood in on your screen, while around you, colleagues shout back and forth.  Tensions are running high, and yet…you can’t stop yawning.   If you’ve ever felt your eyelids droop with a big presentation looming, or craved a lie down before a critical meeting, you’re not alone.   […]