The Big Effect of Seemingly Small Stress with Rob Cross and Karen Dillon

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
Published on
May 8, 2023

In this episode

Welcome to Season 5 of the Big Self Show, episode 122!

We kick off this season with an exploration from a brand new release, The Microstress Effect, by Rob Cross and Karen Dillon. Conventional wisdom for coping with stress has often focused on finding ways to "steel" yourself to endure, through such practices as mindfulness and meditation. And recent research has highlighted the importance of relationships to our physical and mental well-being. We have probably heard that loneliness has been linked to cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety and numerous other ailments. This is all important data, but hugely important in the scope of the work is to figure out what to do about and how to make life better here and now. Finding ways to identify and remove negative interactions can make a significant difference in your life. And that's what our conversation was all about.

Our Discussion

3:56--Microstress defined

5:50--An accumulation until the question, "How did I get here?"

6:40--The 14 micro stresses

10:30--Are we more stressed or less stressed since the pandemic?

12:20--The conundrum of being so incredibly stressed and yet we also have so much more control over what we do with our time

16:38--How leaders can inadvertently cause stress in their teams

19:07--What we can learn from the ten percenters

25:15--How mindfulness and yoga can help, but sometimes just to increase your capacity to managing your internal grit

26:10--How connections are vital in building resilience

27:45--The single takeaway our audience must get

Guest Speakers

Rob Cross and Karen Dillon