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“What you heard isn’t what I said!” How to prevent miscommunication and get your message across

“What you heard isn’t what I said!” How to prevent miscommunication and get your message across

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A large part of modern work and life centres on communication. But how often have you been surprised when someone misinterprets something you’ve said? When it happens, we shake our heads at the other person’s inability to understand us, assuming that the error lies at their end. After all, what we were saying was really clear (to us, anyway).

This scenario happens to us over and over again, in all areas of our lives. Sometimes we are the person who is misunderstood, and sometimes we’re the one who misunderstands. No one is immune. So, how does it happen, and what can we do to get our message across with greater clarity?

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Communication, How-to, 0 comments
What you need to know about our autonomic nervous system and stress

What you need to know about our autonomic nervous system and stress

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Human beings have an autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls a great deal of how our body works. The word “autonomic” means that the system functions without our conscious control. We don’t have to tell our lungs to breathe, our heart to beat, or our stomachs to start the digestive process. Our systems just do what they are supposed to do.

The autonomic nervous system has two streams operating in tandem. They are the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, and they fulfil different functions. For me, understanding how they operate and how to support them has helped me manage the stress created by complexity and increase my wellbeing. In this article, I share some insights into how stress affects our ANS, and a simple but remarkably effective tip for changing your experience of stress.

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Posted by Daria Williamson in Snippets, 2 comments