When was the last time you asked a college student what's stressing them out and how they handle it? Turns out they're pretty smart! For the past month, I've been surveying undergrads about stress and coping mechanisms to develop on-campus stress relief workshops, and I am blown away by how thoughtful and open they've been. The number of students who have participated and the insights they've shared have completely surpassed my expectations. It got me wondering what WE (the grown-ups) have to say about these questions too! When was the last time you asked yourself what your biggest stressors are and how you handle them—in healthy or unhealthy ways? I've created a short, new survey to help you figure out exactly that. This group is full of creative, high-achievers who are making a difference in their communities. You are innovators and caregivers, and (in my experience) you often don't get the support and attention you need to keep functioning at such a high level. This bi-weekly newsletter, the talks and workshops I offer, and my one-on-one coaching are all tuned in to serving those needs, but so much has changed these last few years. The undergrads made me think twice about what used to be safe assumptions. So I built the survey below, starting with multiple choice questions to get some clarity. What stresses you out and how do you cope? Your answers will help me drill down to offer better stress management tools for the whole community.
The survey takes less than five minutes! You can fill it out anonymously or enter to win a FREE one-hour coaching session with me. I hope you'll find some clarity of your own, as you fill it out. Thank you in advance, and please share with a friend! The more diversity of opinion, the better.
Aches and pains, anyone? This week "Too Young To Be Creaky" wrote to Hey, Health Coach at Forbes to ask:
We dig in to:
why it's important to keep moving, for real,
what strength, flexibility, and alignment have to do it,
how aches and pains can be your guide, and
a few simple stretches to ease an achy back.
One of the best known ways to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being is to do something kind for someone else.
A new study from the University of British Columbia "explores how the inclusion of a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers and their campus."
Researchers reported, "Students loved the assignment... It helped them realize that kindness is a skill that they can learn to do better and that there are many ways to be kind."
If there ever was a practice that could boost our health and well-being heading into the New Year and beyond, small acts of kindness isn't a bad one to consider.
After a heated debate on Instagram about which cover was better, this is the one a majority of you chose! Okay, maybe it wasn't so heated. It was actually quite friendly, but it was scalding hot for me! I loved both covers, and 60% of you thought this was most eye-catching. So here you are! The audiobook is coming in January... "for those who prefer to listen."
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