Multitasking Makes You Stupid, Slow and Stressed

We all have so much going on these days – tons of emails, constant texting, back to back meetings, a barrage of phone calls daily and a variety of work tasks to get done on top of it. Add to that all the social and personal pulls and it sums up to one busy life. It’s no wonder we feel the need to multitask. How else can we get it all done?The truth is productivity and intellectual capacity take a fairly significant hit when you multitask. A recent study conducted by the University of … [Read more...]

About to Freak Out? Get the Wrigley’s!

When I was in college I hated Algebra. To this day I don’t know why I had to learn it; I never use it. Whenever I had to take a test, I had to – and I mean HAD TO – chew gum. Somehow it helped me do better on the test. I figured it was some sort of stress reliever because I was chomping my teeth together, but I didn’t know there was science behind it.Apparently chewing gum lowers the stress hormones in your body so it helps reduce stress. The increased blood flow to your brain also keeps you … [Read more...]

Best way to practice emotion management? Get a puppy!

It’s been 18 years since I had a puppy. I mean a real puppy. You know, with the wonderful puppy breath and the razor sharp tiny teeth and claws? Well last week I became mother to a nine-week old Golden Retriever. Yes, that's his cute mug in the picture. This afternoon he tested my emotional management skill by tearing into my star gazer lilies. I left him outside alone for one minute while I checked an email. When I came out, he had torn through the fence barricade and was lying in a bed of … [Read more...]

How Not to Fly Off Like a 747

I just flew off the handle like a 747! Can you relate to this? When unpleasant things happen and we don’t manage our emotional impulses, it can get us in trouble. I referenced this as being cubed in my previous two posts. Daniel Goleman calls this an emotional hijack. Emotions are taking over and we act accordingly. Unfortunately our reactions don’t serve us well. In my last post we looked at three simple techniques to self regulate. In today’s post, we’ll explore something a little more in … [Read more...]