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Navigating Life Transitions

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Let’s face it – life transitions can be stressful – whether moving, beginning a new job, getting married, starting a new school or a family. But that stress doesn’t mean you’ve made a wrong decision.
In this episode,I am joined by psychologist (and college friend), Dr. Alexandra Laifer as she discusses how to handle the “eustress” that comes from positive life changes.

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Show highlights include:
  • Eustress and how stress can come from things that are positive (03:03)
  • How stress represents a mind-body disconnect and can cascade into negativity (07:40)
  • How mindfulness is the deliberate cultivation of present moment awareness and  is helpful for periods of stress and stress induced issues (09:34)
  • Why mindfulness doesn’t need to be calm and stereotypical in order to be effective (13:11)
  • The power of just 3 breaths (13:55)
  • How women are socialized differently and handle stress differently (16:23)
  • Why trying to do it all causes unintentional stress (20:10)
  • How issues of control and attachment can cause us stress and what to do about it (24:00)
  • What does embrace the suck mean and how you can use it to reduce your stress around life transitions (29:00)
  • What does radical acceptance mean? (30:00)
Find Dr. Alexandra Laifer


I'm Rupa Wong.

Hi! I'm Dr. Rupa Wong. Physician. Private Practice Owner. Mama to 3 kids. Managing Partner. Educator. Textbook Author. Conference Co-Founder. Mentor. I am more than just one thing, even as a doctor and I bet you are too. I would love to help you envision the life you want, and then get after it. What are you waiting for?


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