Health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is interviewed on the Collective Insights podcast by Marama’s founder, Dr. Heather Sandison. McGonigal is a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” Today she shares with us a different view towards understanding stress, as she discusses why stress has benefits. It turns out that stress is what allows us to experience meaning, to make a difference in the world, to make progress on our goals. In this episode we discuss:

  • The definition of stress
  • Is oxytocin a stress hormone?
  • How early childhood trauma affects stress later in life
  • Designing an exercise routine to support your stress levels

“Stress actually is your body and your brain’s attempt to help you cope with life, with life as it is, to meet the present moment, to deal with reality and to find ways to not only survive, but also thrive.“ – Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.

Tune is as McGonigal explains how stress gives us resilience. Learn the tools in the episode to take advantage of all the different ways that our bodies and brains can help us rise to a challenge. One of our favorite points is she nudges us to connect with others so we don’t have to handle difficult situations on our own.

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Guest Bio:
Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who is known for her work in the field of ‘science help’ which focuses on translating insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support health and well-being.

She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success.


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