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EDGE Prep

HR practitioners and staff deal with challenges that can increase their levels of stress. Whether HR practitioners and staff feel valued for or are misunderstood for what they do, their colleagues and internal clients rely on the ‘edge’ they bring. As you watch the two videos below, reflect on the Think about it questions after each video.

1. Kelly McGonigal – How to make stress your friend

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. [14:16]

Think about it

1- Kelly McGonigal believes that changing how you think about stress makes you healthier. Your thoughts?
2- She says that the oxytocin response motivating you to seek support makes you social. Your thoughts?
3- Caring for others showed no stress-related increase – caring created resilience. Your thoughts?
4- Viewing your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage and resilience. Your thoughts?

Identify at least one idea that you can use to improve your situation.


2. Jeff Iliff – One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep. [11:37]

Think about what Jeff Iliff suggests within the context of your home and work

1- What are your current sleep patterns?
2- Why is this so important?
3- What can you do differently?
4- What are some anticipated benefits?


3. Matt Cutts – Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals. How can you take up his 30-day challenge and apply it to the way you communicate?

Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights linkspam and helps webmasters understand how search works. [3:27]

Think about it within the context of your work and home life

1- What can you add to your work and home life so that you have a greater sense of meaning and motivation?
2- What can you remove from your work and home life so that you have a greater sense of fulfillment?

What small, sustainable change can you make that will stand a good chance of becoming a new, positive habit beyond the 30-day challenge?


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