with Heidi Hanna


with Heidi Hanna

Creativity and Nature as Ways of Channeling Stress With Dr. Shelley Carson
Featured Guest Dr. Shelley Carson

Are you feeling stuck in a stress mess, overwhelmed, and overstimulated by the demands of your life? Spread too thin and not prioritizing self-care because you feel like it’s selfish when so many other people need your help? Well, let’s stop for a moment.


How much can we really help others when we’re just scraping by, ourselves? At the end of the day, we’re only really worth as much as we can give, based on the energy we have in the time that we have.


I’m your host, Dr. Heidi Hanna, and in this stress mastery podcast, we’re talking to the experts to find out what they do to use stress as fuel for success and what they do to shift stress in a positive way when they notice it getting out of control.


Because we’re all human, we all get stuck sometimes and we can learn so much from each other when we take an honest look at the patterns that are hurting us and create new patterns that will help us.


So, let’s get ready to master stress together in today’s conversation!


Key Takeaways:

[1:08] Dr. Hanna welcomes listeners and introduces this week’s guest, Dr. Shelley Carson, a dear friend and inspiration, as well as a colleague.

[4:25] Heidi opens up about the importance of her relationship with Shelley as well as the ways that relationship has helped with her own struggles with anxiety and depression.

[5:20] What are Dr. Carson’s go-to strategies to shift stress fast?

[7:26] Shelley and Heidi discuss the special effect that nature seems to have on stress as well as why these effects occur.

[10:20] Are there ways to bring nature into your personal spaces in order to get some of those benefits?

[14:30] On the relationship between stress and creativity.

[18:36] Dr. Hanna asks Shelley what her mantra is and wraps up the show until next week.


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Until next time, please remember that stressing is a blessing, once you know how to use it for good. It gives us the energy and information to fuel positive change if we’re brave enough to look into it, stay open and curious to what it has to teach us and then adjust our patterns in a way that will give us even more capacity to cope. And when we do that together, we increase the energy we have to bring to the time that we have and we’re better together. So please, be good to yourself, and I’ll see you next week.


Mentioned in this episode:

The Academy for Brain Health and Performance

Book: Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life By Dr. Shelley Carson

Other books by Dr. Shelley Carson

Creativity Research: Eccentrics, Geniuses, and Harvard Students

Harvard Institute of Coaching: Annual Conference

“The Health Benefits of Expressive Writing,” Study by Dr. James Pennebaker


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