27th February, 2023

The Power of Pressing Pause

With Rachel Morris

Dr Rachel Morris

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When you’re dealing with a stressful situation, your first instinct might be to act immediately to solve it. Unfortunately, acting immediately often means you don’t think your actions through. Acting rashly can worsen the situation, making it even more stressful. Fortunately, there’s a better way to respond to stress. All you have to do is take a few seconds to press the pause button.

In this quick dip episode of You Are Not a Frog, you’ll discover the power of pressing pause in the middle of a stressful time. Rachel shares some of her own difficult experiences and how pausing could’ve helped her react better. She talks about how our brains can respond to stress and what we can do to ground ourselves and go back to rational human thinking. Face stressful situations as the person you want to be when you use the power of pressing pause.

Discover how pausing can help you deal with stress when you take a moment to pause with us and tune into this quick dip episode.

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Reasons to listen

  1. Discover how much time you need to pause and deal with stress.
  2. Learn how you can ground yourself back into your parasympathetic nervous system.
  3. Find out what the four Ps are and how you can use them to make a plan to pause.

Episode highlights


Backed Into the Stress Zone


Taking Seconds to Hours to Press Pause


Getting Back Into Your Parasympathetic Nervous System


Getting Enough Pause Time


The Four Ps Plan

Episode transcript

Rachel Morris: This is a You are Not a Frog Quick Dip, a tiny taster of the kinds of things we talk about on our full podcast episodes. I’ve chosen today’s topic to give you a helpful boost in the time it takes to have a cup of tea, so you can return to whatever else you’re up to feeling energised and inspired. For more tools, tips and insights to help you thrive at work, don’t forget to subscribe to You are Not a Frog, wherever you get your podcasts. Welcome to another You are Not a Frog Quick Dip…

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