May 27, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety than men. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, why is that?

Dr. Jones: Well, changing hormones, brain chemistry, social pressures, and our fast-paced world can all be contributors.

Interviewer: So what can women do?

Dr. Jones: RULER, R-U-L-E-R. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence came up with the RULER project. It stands for recognize, understand, label, express, and regulate. Recognize it's anxiety. Understand your triggers. Label the emotion. Express it. Let others know how you're feeling so they can help. And finally, regulate it. Take a deep breath. Avoid caffeine. Exercise and get your sleep. The goal with RULER is to give you a toolbox to tune down your anxiety.

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