Category: Health & Wellness

An Excerpt from Celeste Headlee’s Latest Book, “Do Nothing”

Excerpted from DO NOTHING copyright © 2020 by Celeste Headlee. Used by permission of Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Do Less, Live More #DoNothingWe answer work emails on Sunday night. We read endless articles about how to hack our brains to achieve more productivity. We crop our photos and use filters before we post them on social media to earn approval. We read only the first couple paragraphs of the articles we find interesting because we don’t have time to read them in their entirety. We are overworked and overstressed, constantly dissatisfied, and reaching for a bar that keeps rising higher and higher. We are members of the cult of efficiency, and we’re killing ourselves with productivity.

The passage at the beginning of this Introduction was written in 1932, not long after the stock market crash of 1929, which caused the Great Depression. Russell’s description of the “cult of efficiency” predates World War II, the rise of rock and roll, the civil rights movement, and the dawn of the twenty-first century. More important, in my mind: It was written before the creation of the internet and smartphones and social media.

In other words, technology didn’t create this cult; it simply added to an existing culture. For generations, we have made ourselves miserable while we’ve worked feverishly. We have driven ourselves for so long that we’ve forgotten where we are going, and have lost our capacity for “light-heartedness and play.” Read More

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How to Cultivate the Resilience We Need Now

Anne Grady

“If you’re naturally one of those super, über-productive people who are wondering why in the world you’re not getting a ton done or how to get it done, take a couple deep breaths. Reset your nervous system.”

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Tips for Managing Stress

Alice Boyes, Conference for Women speaker and author of The Healthy Mind Toolkit

How do we, as a community of working women, best deal with the growing stress that has suddenly been unleashed in our lives as a result of the coronavirus? To answer that question, we spoke with Alice Boyes, Conference for Women speaker and author of The Healthy Mind Toolkit. Here are her suggestions—followed by links to 3 sessions we hope you find helpful now:

  • “You generally want to control everything you can and accept everything you can’t.” For example, washing your hands is in your control. School closures are not. “People who do well in these scenarios,” she explained, “are people who can be flexible. They can problem-solve but also be accepting where being accepting is the only option.”
  • Make a short list of high-impact actions you can take to reduce your risk. Remember that too many ideas can lead to overwhelm. Then focus on emotional coping—things that help you keep calm and carry on. One of her favorites, for example, is restorative yoga.
  • Refrain from personalizing the impact of this crisis. “Whatever dilemmas you’re having, you’re not the only one.” We’re in this together and, in fact, it helps to remember your community and how we can help each other.
  • Be creative. If you were planning a spring break trip that you have to reschedule for the fall, consider your alternatives. For example, Boyes has been pitching a tent in the backyard with her four-year-old.
  • Finally, she suggested, remember that this is not our first rodeo. Crises are part of the human experience. And humans are remarkable about responding to them. In the end, they tend to bring out the best in us.

Do you have helpful thoughts to share with the Conference for Women community? Please send them to story@conferenceforwomen.org, and we’ll pass along highlights in our next newsletter.

THREE TALKS FOR THESE TIMES. With many of us now working from home, children out of school, fluctuations in the stock market, and all the other uncertainty we’re facing, we sorely need our community and wise words from women who know what it takes to be brave, resilient and even happy in difficult times. Here are links to 3 sessions we hope lift your spirits:

RESTORATIVE YOGA. Also, don’t miss these relaxing and restorative yoga moves to help you to slow down and get back to YOU!


More from the March 2020 Newsletter

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ENCORE: Resilience Reset: It’s Your Turn to Thrive | 2020 Session

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The ability to successfully navigate change, rise above adversity, and triumph in our lives boils down to one word: resilience. When faced with a challenge, ambiguity, or adversity, those who practice resilience refuse to let fear hold them back; and they break through barriers to not only survive difficult times, but thrive as a result. Learn how to cultivate courage, improve resilience, and triumph over adversity, obstacles, and setbacks at work. Be inspired to be an agent of change, conquer fear and self-doubt, and develop strategies that can be applied immediately in all aspects of your life to become bolder, stronger, and better able to handle anything thrown your way.

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Recovering Perfectionists | 2020 Session

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Many of us are so busy chasing perfectionism, we forget to enjoy the everyday moments—imagining that happiness will come at some elusive time in the future. In this session, happiness expert Nataly Kogan and a panel of experts will share simple strategies for how to experience more joy, recognize when a change is needed, find contentment and have greater resilience when times get tough. You will learn how to escape the perfectionism trap and boost your emotional immune system so that you can reconnect to a sense of purpose and be happier today.

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Breast Health for Life | 2020 Session

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When it comes to serious health issues like breast cancer, there is more in our control than we think. In fact, in many cases, the choices you make every day can reduce your risk factors and increase your overall well-being. Dr. Kristi Funk, noted breast cancer surgeon and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center, dispels common misconceptions about breast cancer and presents evidence-based dietary and lifestyle secrets to living your healthiest life. Come listen as complex concepts get distilled into simple, actionable, take-it-home and start-right-now power!

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Resilience Reset: It’s Your Turn to Thrive | 2020 Session

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The ability to successfully navigate change, rise above adversity, and triumph in our lives boils down to one word: resilience. When faced with a challenge, ambiguity, or adversity, those who practice resilience refuse to let fear hold them back; and they break through barriers to not only survive difficult times, but thrive as a result. Learn how to cultivate courage, improve resilience, and triumph over adversity, obstacles, and setbacks at work. Be inspired to be an agent of change, conquer fear and self-doubt, and develop strategies that can be applied immediately in all aspects of your life to become bolder, stronger, and better able to handle anything thrown your way.

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The Winding Road: Navigating Your Unique Career Path | 2020 Session

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Non-linear careers are the new normal. Gone are the days when professionals stuck to single jobs—or even single industries—before collecting their gold watch. Navigating the twists and turns of your career can be both exciting and stressful. Come learn from women who have created their own roadmaps, successfully shifting and pivoting between departments and industries. They will detail their professional evolution and what it took to make the hard decisions that ultimately led to career growth. Attendees will learn about challenging limiting beliefs, turning disappointments into opportunities, engaging your network, and staying nimble as you forge your own path.

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Lightening the Mental Load | 2020 Session

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How much of your energy is spent on invisible work—whether at the office or at home? Whether it is making sure everyone signed the boss’s birthday card or remembering to hire a date night babysitter, these thankless tasks exert a “mental load” that can increase stress levels, hinder productivity, and even slow down career advancement. Michelle King, host of The Fix podcast, opens this session by sharing the roots of this challenge in our homes and workplaces. She then leads a discussion about how to spend more time on socially and professionally recognized work and share the mental load with colleagues and, for those in domestic relationships, with partners.

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Here’s How to Be Happier Now

Nataly Kogan

“So many people are so stressed out and so overwhelmed that they can’t even, and I say this from personal experience, they cannot even allow themselves to pause and recognize that they’re running at an unacceptable pace.”

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