(the following resources have been curated by Stephanie Simpson, our 2021-22 TLC Faculty Fellow for Faculty-Student Wellbeing and Adjunct Lecturer in Health & Physical Education)
- Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure
- by Diane McIntosh, MD and Jonathan Horowitz, PhD
- Comprehensive Stress Management
- by Jerrold S. Greenberg
- What Is Stress?
- The American Institute of Stress website where they break down what stress is, defines terminology used in understanding stress, and provides statistics.
- Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
- Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski discuss how stress can lead to burnout. Through personal stories and case studies, they break down the biology of the stress cycle as well as provide concrete tools for readers to integrate into their own lives.
- Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure
- In this easily digestible book, Dr. Diane McIntosh and Dr. Jonathan Horowtiz use cutting-edge psychological research to help you identify the causes of stress in your life, explain the differences between fear, anxiety, worry, and stress, and provide tools to help you create new patterns in all areas of your life.
- Why Breathing is so Effective at Reducing Stress
- In this HBR article, the authors present findings from two research studies where they explored different techniques and found breathing exercises to be the most effective for both immediate and long term stress reduction.
- How to Make Stress Your Friend (TEDGlobal 14:16 min)
- Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
- Three Foundational Practices of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
- By David Treleaven
- What is Trauma? The author of “The Body Keeps the Score” explains
- By Bessel van der Kolk
- The Nap Ministry
- The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. Our “REST IS RESISTANCE” framework and practice engages with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. We facilitate immersive workshops and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. We believe rest is a form of resistance and name sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue.
- Insight Timer
- App/Website that offers both free and paid Meditations, Talks, and Courses on how to navigate Stress through contemplation and mindfulness practices.
- Armchair Expert: Susan David
- Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Susan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the work she does on emotional agility, what it takes for us to be healthy humans, and the dangerous narrative that success equals happiness. Susan explains that emotions are transient, how we need to face them with compassion and how vital accuracy is when evaluating them. She demonstrates how you go about defining your values and how to start creating distance between ourselves and our emotions.
- Anxious Achiever
- Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed, but we tell a different story — without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive.
- Headspace was started with one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world.
- Copper Beech Institute
- Copper Beech is a global community of practice that helps you cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and resilience so you can reconnect with the things that matter most. From daily practices, to weekly brave space conversations, to social justice initiatives, to Facilitator Certification, to Transformative Leadership, to our ever-expanding catalogue of courses, retreats, and workshops — there’s something for everyone here.
- Dare to Lead: Atomic Habits Part 1 & 2 with James Clear
- Even before James Clear and I met, I knew this would be a two-part series. I just had so many questions for the author of Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 50 languages. Not surprisingly, this turned out to be exactly the type of conversation I’d anticipated. In part 1 of our series, we talk specifically about developing identity-based habits and how we can become the architects of those habits, not the victims of them. We also talk about the intersection of his work and mine, the collective stories we make up, and how our mindsets and our systems can set us up for success. It was so meaningful to finally meet James, to hear his story, and to take in his insights into how he developed such a deep understanding of the importance of consistency over intensity when it comes to forming habits that last.
- Armchair Expert: Angela Duckworth
- Angela Duckworth is an American academic, psychologist, MacArthur Genius grant winner and the co-host of the podcast No Stupid Questions. She is the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies grit and self-control. Angela chats with the Armchair Expert about the components of grit, her inclination to study achievement and the amorphous quality to intelligence. Dax talks about fulfillment vs. success and Angela talks about the imperative of intentional role modeling. The two discuss objectivism in The Fountainhead, the detriment of comparison and Angela evaluates Dax and Monica’s grit.
- The Pomodoro Technique
- Beat procrastination and improve your focus one pomodoro at a time
- The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
- An instant New York Times bestseller Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships–or, as they would say, because of them–they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye. We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy–from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death.
- The Art of Gathering
- In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive–which they don’t have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.
- Break old patterns, form new habits.How you feel matters! Whether you’re feeling sad, anxious, or stressed, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts. Our proven techniques are developed by leading scientists and experts who’ve been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades.
- Ten Percent Happier
- It’s possible to increase your capacity for joy, gratitude, and love, no magical thinking required. Our meditations will help you enjoy your life more.
- Armchair Expert: Paul Bloom
- Paul Bloom is a psychologist and professor at Yale University. Paul joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he loves to debunk simple ideas that people commonly have, how a full life requires both logic and emotion, and how people’s empathy rarely extends past our own family or friends. Paul and Dax talk about why people seek out suffering in order to find pleasure, the fascination people have with villain types, and why hedonism can often lead to boredom. Paul explains how toxic positivity has actually prevented people from finding true happiness, the differences in the sexual fantasies between men and women, and whether or not having kids makes people happy.
- Morning Brew co-founder, Alex Lieberman sits down with titans of industry, athletes, and entertainment’s biggest names to discuss the mental and personal challenges they’ve overcome to get where they are today. It’s honest, raw, and a reminder that we’re all just doing the best we can. Presented by Project Healthy Minds.
- Better Help
- Making professional therapy accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime and anywhere.
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
- A disarmingly funny, thought-provoking, and boldly revealing new book that shows us what it means to be human by Lori Gottlieb.