Why Are Female Executives Prone to Stress Disorders?

Anne Devereux-MillsAnne Devereux-Mills, Chief Strategy Officer of Lantern (and previously Stanford’s Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs) spent 25 years observing women in a corporate environment.  What she noticed was that the very internal monologue that drives successful women to the top of their fields also makes them susceptible to stress- and anxiety-related disorders.

In fact, according to a new study by Lantern, women are 11% more stressed and 16% more anxious than their male counterparts, resulting from these key drivers:

A. The desire to be “perfect” and fear of “falling short”
B. The strong will required to stand up for their ideas that can also lead to an unforgiving view of themselves
C. The belief that if they are not constantly marking off tasks they will fall behind

To combat these stress drivers, Anne suggests three important stress-relief tactics designed with high-achieving women in mind:

>> 1. Box It Up
To manage conflicting responsibilities, visualize “boxes” where you can put each obligation when you’re not actively engaged with it. Avoid thinking about something while it is in a mental box.

>> 2. Set Values and Stick to Them
Decide what’s important to you and prioritize your time. Draw firm lines about how much time you spend in each area of your life and don’t start bending them to “benefit your career.”

>> 3. Create “You” Rituals
Experiment with “meditative” activities (like working out or taking a bath) and turn the best ones for you into daily rituals. Give your brain a chance to quiet down as you begin and end a busy day.

These practices are the foundation of the approach Anne and her team utilize at Lantern, where users perform daily healing exercises as part of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy method – a type of therapy that examines self-destructive thinking patterns.

For more information, please visit Lantern’s web page.

Now Hunters Can Share Their Success with Rural System’s Bag n Brag App

Rural System, Inc., a systems-based land-management enterprise, has just released the Bag ‘n’ Brag app for social hunters. Bag ‘n’ Brag allows hunters to share details of their bags with friends and family. This free app is now available on iTunes and Google Play.

Rural System's Bag 'n' Brag App for Social HuntersBag ‘n’ Brag lets users record their White-tailed deer hunts, upload and share pictures, and connect with Facebook and Twitter with the #bagnbrag hashtag. Bag ‘n’ Brag also features a built-in weight calculator, allowing hunters to simply enter a girth measurement to estimate their bag’s weight. The upgrade Bag ‘n’ Brag Pro is coming soon, and includes the options to track hunting stats and to develop a Trophy Case of the best bags.

“Bag ‘n’ Brag’s ranking system is based on standard facts about a bag, giving hunters an impartial means of comparing kills.”

The inspiration for Bag ‘n’ Brag struck the Rural System team as they were discussing “deer tape.” Deer tape is a basic ecological tool used by wildlife managers to estimate a deer’s weight. It allows a hunter or manager to measure the girth of the deer’s chest and, using a mathematical formula, estimate the deer’s live weight.

“Such a tool is extremely useful because carcasses are often dressed in the field making it hard, if not impossible, to get an accurate weight later,” explains Risa Pesapane, M.S., Bag ‘n’ Brag’s designer.

The team decided deer tape could be easily incorporated into a scoring system for recording and sharing hunting success. Bag ‘n’ Brag has since expanded to allow users to collect other useful data about their hunt as well as personal statistics.

“We’re excited to offer hunters an on-the-go, social way for hunters to learn how their bag measures up to other kills. Bag ‘n’ Brag’s ranking system is based on standard facts about a bag, giving hunters an impartial means of comparing kills,” says Dr. Robert H. Giles Jr., Rural System’s founder.

Bag ‘n’ Brag is available now for White-tailed deer hunters in anticipation of the upcoming fall hunting season.

For information on upcoming White-tailed deer hunting seasons and regulations for Virginia and other states, visit this page.
About Bag ‘n’ Brag

Bag ‘n’ Brag (TM) is a product of Rural System, Inc. Bag ‘n’ Brag was developed by Vision Point Systems and published by Handshake Media, Incorporated. The concept originated with Rural System founder Robert H. Giles, Jr. The functionality, original graphics and user experience of Bag ‘n’ Brag were designed by Risa Pesapane.

For more information, please see www.bagnbrag.com.

About Vision Point Systems

Vision Point Systems is a creative, expert technology and engineering firm driven by intense customer service focus, rigorous process management, and an unwavering determination that solves customers’ most difficult problems resulting in strong, long-lasting business relationships.

For more information, please see www.visionpointsystems.com.

About Handshake Media

Handshake Media, Incorporated is a communications technology company specializing in public relations services and mobile technologies to generate market awareness and market action for its business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients. Handshake Media, Incorporated is based in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, and is a member of VT KnowledgeWorks.

For more information, please see www.handshake20.com.

About Rural System

Rural System, Incorporated is a land management enterprise with a vision to improve the social, economic, and environmental health of regions through optimal use of resources. It proposes for-profit, citizen-owned entities of multiple, small, natural resource-related enterprises generated for each region through systems-based prescriptive software using GIS analysis of site-specific traits.

For more information, please see www.ruralsystem.com and blog.ruralsystem.com.


This news release was originally distributed through PRWeb.

Latest Research Offers Smokers New Ways to Quit

By Laurel Sindewald

Employers and employees may perceive smoking as a personal action that doesn’t affect the ability of employees to contribute their best work to their employers’ profitability, but, as a group, smokers inadvertently cost U.S. employers an extra $5,816 per year due to more smoke breaks, health care costs, absenteeism, and lost productivity at work.

Specifically, that’s:

  • An extra $3,077 annually for smoke breaks. Smokers take five breaks on average as compared to the typical three.
  • $2,056 in extra health care expenses. Smokers typically have more health problems such as heart or lung disease, and cancers.
  • $683 due to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity, likely due to withdrawal symptoms. Smokers miss an average of two and a half extra work days per year.


The nicotine in tobacco products is a powerfully addictive drug, as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Sources cite it as one of the hardest addictions to treat. AlterNet lists it as #3 in its top ten list of worst addictions. The research for this ranking system was conducted in London, 2007 by David Nutt et al. and published in this paper.  The ranking system was then developed by a Dutch team, as seen in this paper by van Amsterdam J. et al.

In fact, cigarettes are becoming even more addictive according to a 2014 study. Tobacco companies have changed the design of their cigarettes to make them more efficient at delivering nicotine to the brain. Fewer cigarettes will give people the same amount of nicotine, so someone intending to cut down on cigarettes may not actually be cutting down on nicotine. Specifically, the amount of nicotine a person gets from a cigarette increased by 15 percent.

The latest research on smoking offers a breath of fresh hope for employers and employees. [Read more…]

10 Facts on How Addictions Treatment vs. Incarceration Cuts Costs for Taxpayers

By Laurel Sindewald

If we’re looking for ways to save national and corporate dollars, then it’s high time we took a look at our criminal justice system. [Read more…]

On Making Meth and Money

Most Americans spend a great deal of time and money supporting the lifestyles they love. We live and laugh and play, but we don’t think about what our behaviors may be doing to our brains. The music we listen to, our thought patterns, and emotions are all feeding back on the way we perceive reality and the way we place value. [Read more…]

10 Sobering Facts on the Business Costs of Addiction

By Laurel Sindewald

1. In 2012, 9.2% of Americans 12 or older were current users of illegal drugs and, of 21.5 million current illegal drug users 18 or older, 14.6 million or 67.9% were employed full-time or part-time. SourceSource

2. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that drug abuse and addiction from the use of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs cost the U.S. over $524 billion each year. Those costs include health care, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and drug enforcement. Source [Read more…]

Tech Showcase: PAR, Inc., Leader in Psychological Assessment

PAR, Inc. is an international publisher of psychological assessment materials focused on “Creating Connections, Changing Lives.” Since 1978, PAR, Inc. – Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. – has provided high quality psychological assessment resources, software, and related materials to professionals worldwide in many fields, including education, forensics, psychology, counseling, pharmaceutical product development, and career counseling. PAR’s mission includes providing an exceptional experience for employees and to give to the community through donations of time and funds. [Read more…]

Smart College Visit Wins Outstanding Technology Business Award

Smart College Visit Wins Outstanding Technology Business Award [Read more…]

Jeff Proco of Pro Painting

By Anne Giles

I was thrilled to write about my awe and respect for the skill of Jeff Proco of Pro Painting when he painted a house of many colors for us envisioned by interior designer Babs Chenault. You can see the colors in the first photo in this post and, in the second, Jeff’s bringing together of flat paint and trim paint in a very tight corner, two coats, three corners, by hand, without tape. [Read more…]

How Do I Bill for My Time?

Dear Anne:

I’m an independent contractor and have received a query from a potential new client for the same kind of work I just finished for my last client. The new client would be getting a faster, cheaper service from me because of experience I gained on the previous client’s dime. How do I bill ethically as a contractor given I keep learning on a former client’s tab? [Read more…]