Sunday, April 28, 2013

4/28-Encore Broadcast Can Women REALLY Have it All?

The job, family, self care and everything else!  What does work-life balance REALLY mean?  Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic Magazine a couple days ago gave her answer: a resounding NO! Princeton University professor, Public Policy scholar and public servant shared her story; and its generated lots of conversation.  But its not your mother’s conversation anymore, or is it?  Perhaps you can recall your Mom chiding you,”...just because you can do it doesn't mean you should!”

This week's show is a conversation for YOU. We will talk about the issue and an alternative way to think about all this. Listen then join the ongoing conversation on

If you want to learn more about how to have it all, check out Optimal Stress: Living in Your BestStress Zone (John Wiley 2009)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

4/21-Encore Broadcast Stress and Law Enforcement

Did you know that police officers have the highest suicide rate among professions? Ed Donovan discusses the amount of stress that occurs to professional police officers on a day-to-day basis and the responsibility that they must withstand.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

4/14-Encore Broadcast Need a new, better, different JOB?

Paul Hill - The Panic Free Job Search

Be a candidate NOT an applicant according to Paul Hill.  Take the stress out of your job search!  Hill is recognized as a new breed of job search expert by his loyal followers, dedicated to guiding and educating professionals to be proactive about career management by adopting professional Internet branding best practices. He is impacting the lives of displaced, fired, professionals as well as new grads and the underemployed through his work at TransitionToHired. His coaching and products including his ground breaking “Be Irresistible: Get Found, Get Hired” a step-by-step guide to proactive virtual job search. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

4/7-Encore Broadcast Dr Carol talks about Dr Lindenberg's Stress Related Article

City life bad for brain, study says: What's the fix?

Ever wonder why city slickers seem more stressed out than folks who live in the country? A new study suggests the answer may lie deep within our brains.

Previous research showed that people who live in cities have higher rates of anxiety and depression, but this is the first to pinpoint the changes in the brain that underlie the phenomenon.

For the study, published in the journal Nature, scientists from the University of Heidelberg and McGill University used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the brains of more than 100 students from various communities, large and small, in Germany. Each student was asked to complete a stressful task - solving tricky math problems as fast as possible while being subjected to criticism.
The results were striking. The brains of the urbanites showed higher levels of activity in the amygdala and the perigenual anterior cingulate cortex (pACC), two regions that previous research linked to mental illness. The bigger the city they lived in, the greater the activity in the amygdala - and the longer the subject had lived in a large city during childhood, the greater the activity in the pACC.
"I was surprised by the magnitude and specificity of the findings," said study author Dr. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg. The next step, he said, would be to determine what it is about city life that makes it so stressful. Is it the crowding, the noise, the pollution - or something else? He said he hopes the answers might help urban planners design cities more conducive to mental health.
In the meantime, what's the take-away message for city dwellers? Ditch the metropolis and move to the mountains? Fuhgeddaboudit.
"It's not really feasible," Meyer-Lindenberg said jokingly to CBS News. "If everyone lived in the country, the country would be pretty crowded." More than half the world's population already lives in cities, a figure that's expected to grow to nearly 70 percent by 2050.

And while urban living may spark mental illness, it also brings better health care, nutrition and sanitation.

To control stress, Meyer-Lindenberg said, city dwellers might try meditation, which can impact neural circuitry. If that doesn't help, he recommends a weekend getaway, adding, "It doesn't hurt to occasionally get out into the country."