Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 74: The Upside to Stress & Why Discomfort is Essential to Growth

Is there an upside to stress? Is stress essential? These are the questions Tracey and I are tackling today. We talk about the importance of discomfort and why we shouldn’t rescue our children from it, why stress is essential for building resilience, and why the way we talk about stress changes how it affects us physiologically.

I also talk about my experience having frequent panic attacks while in grad school, and describes my approach to overcoming this obstacle. And Tracey offers advice on how to help kids deal with anxiety in a way that fosters confidence and self-assuredness.

We also explore how context matters, and discuss the idea that something can both contribute to and provide relief from stress depending upon the circumstances.

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Related resources:

The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal Ted Talk:  Make Stress Your Friend

Teens are Protesting In-Class Presentations in the Atlantic

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Episode 68 on financial literacy for women

Episode 12 on the stories we tell ourselves


Piquing Our Curiosity:

DevaCurl Wave Maker, Tracey’s favorite product for curly/wavy hair.


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