Paul McCullough & Dr. Jess Harmon – Developing Resilience to Overcome Stress


All About Fitness
Pete McCall
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Stress affects people in different ways. For most, the word carries a negative connotation, but when approached in an appropriate way stress can make us stronger.

The international spread of COVID-19 is creating an environment of tremendous stress; rather than wringing our hands in worry or complaining about “shelter in place” guidelines, we can take this opportunity to develop strategies for dealing with the stress in order to emerge stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to handle adversity when this is all behind us.

This episode features two guests from O2X, an organization dedicated to optimizing human performance. Dr. Jess Harmon Psy.D. is a Mental Performance and Resilience Specialist for O2X who also serves as an Operational Psychologist with the US Army; she specializes in behavioral consultation, resilience and mental performance training for elite special operation forces. Paul McCullough, a co-founder of O2X, served eleven years in the US Navy where he was a member of the SEAL Teams and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Jess and Paul have each served in combat zones, meaning they lived with tremendous amounts of stress that most of us could never imagine and use that experience in their work with O2X. On this episode of All About Fitness, Jess and Paul share specific strategies for how to work through any stress that you might be feeling so that you can grow stronger in the new reality of life with COVID19.