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Discover the surprising reasons why stress might be your nemesis when it comes to creativity and innovation.  From the neuroscience of stress to the unexpected consequences that are impacting your daily life, I’ve got it all covered. I’ll dig into how stress is minimizing your creative problem-solving abilities, decision making and innovator talents. Tune in to learn how chronic stress is making you sick and dumb, how it shows up every day and I’ll give you some easy to implement exercises to help you stress less and create more, everyday!


Episode Highlights:

#1 IMPAIRED COGNITIVE FUNCTION: Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone associated with the body’s “fight or flight” response. Tamara talks about how stress impairs cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities.

#2 PUTS BLINDERS ON: High levels of stress often lead to a narrowed focus. This tunnel vision limits your ability to think broadly, hindering the exploration of alternative perspectives and creative solutions

#3 STAY STAFE: Stress tends to increase aversion to risk and promotes a conservative approach. When under stress you may be less likely to experiment with unconventional or novel concepts, stifling the creative process. Tamara also talks about how not changing and staying in place is actually the riskiest thing you can do.

#4 MISTRUST: Effective innovation often relies on the exchange of diverse ideas and constructive collaboration. When stress is high, communication and collaboration break down. This leads to mistrust and lack of respect.

#5 MASSIVE BURNOUT: Prolonged stress can lead to burnout and decreased motivation. Innovation requires a high level of engagement and passion for exploring new possibilities. Chronic stress can sap you of the energy and enthusiasm needed to tackle creative challenges, resulting in a lack of motivation to initiate or sustain innovative projects.

#6 NO MORE SERENDIPITY: Serendipity is often a catalyst for innovation. Stress, however, can create a mindset focused on survival and immediate concerns, blocking you from recognizing and capitalizing on unexpected opportunities. You don’t see them anymore.

#7 STRESS LESS TIPS: Tamara shares her top tips for stressing less and creating more. All of this has been validated by her experience and research. She covers everything from the 50/20 rule to color therapy to cold plunging to “one thing” prioritizing method.


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