This episode originally aired on The Meaningful Way Podcast | Episode 32

Stress. It can be your worst nightmare but surprisingly enough – your greatest ally. Learn how to harness its power to propel you forward and up, versus a downward spiral from Dr. Nancy Irwin, former comedian transformed into a clinical psychologist and diplomat for the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Listen in as she shares her insight into finding your resilience through daily stress and trauma.

While pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian, Dr. Nancy experienced a life-altering epiphany while volunteering for Children of the Night, a shelter for sexually abused teens in Los Angeles. At age 44, Dr. Nancy returned to school and completed her doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from CalSouthern University, while simultaneously earning her certification in hypnotherapy from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. She has a private practice in West Los Angeles, where she treats over 100 issues with hypnosis, and is also a primary therapist at Seasons Recovery Center. Dr. Nancy’s an author, public speaker, and frequent media guest including appearances on Anderson Cooper, The Doctors and more.

Dr. Nancy’s on a humble mission to help you find the life that you love that feeds off your strengths, realizes your goals, and trusts the voice within. Ready to get started?

Key Takeaways:

Your answer to life’s call. Finding the courage and direction you need to reinvent yourself, whether it be a new job, relationship or even better health, can be frustrating. The ONLY advice you need to remember while navigating thru the “space in between” where you are and where you’re going is. . . [5:05].

Your win against stress. If the moment’s stressful, it’s because you’re dealing with something that’s important to you. So how do you leverage that tension? The questions you NEED to ask yourself to add perspective and reassurance in any stressful situation. . . [14:56].

Your burnout survival kit. Think of the times where you’ve ignored that little voice in your head and made a choice anyway. How’d it turn out? Most often the result leaves you depleted and you end up wondering, how’d I get here? Look past the shame and blame and never ignore your intuition again with this ONE tip. . . [20:41].

Your mind game. Professional athletes understand stress better than most. From bad calls, competing while they’re sick, to handling the pressure to win from everyone, most importantly, themselves. The ONE lesson you can learn that’ll help you manage AND rock stress like a champ is. . . [26:26].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.