Our natural biological stress response often treats everyday difficulties like life-and-death threats. Too much stress damages performance & relationships, and leads to serious health issues. I cover a 4-step method to shift from “alarm brain” to “smart brain” when stress and overwhelm go too far.
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- In a famous and clever movie line,…an animated character named Jessica Rabbit says,…"I'm not bad.…"I'm just drawn that way."…To use mindfulness for stress,…it helps to see stress like a villain in a movie…who turns out to be entirely misunderstood.…Stress isn't bad; we're just made that way.…Accepting we're made that way and…understanding how we're made that way…gives us the path to put stress in its proper place.…To help the earliest humans survive, our brains evolved…to give heightened attention to threats and danger.…
Now this involves complex biology and brain functioning,…so I love how brain scientist Kristin Reiss simplifies it…in a way we can all understand and use.…She distinguishes between the smart brain,…the prefrontal cortex, and the alarm brain,…the limbic system.…When we perceive a threat, say you're on a hike…and suddenly confront a hungry bear,…this actually happened to her, and it's the sort of thing…that happened to our distant ancestors.…The alarm brain takes over and activates…a set of responses designed to promote survival.…
UCLA professor and executive coach John Ullmen, PhD, explains the fundamentals of mindfulness and provides step-by-step methods that anyone can use. Every technique is confirmed by research and validated in practice to give you results for dealing with stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and self-doubt, and for increasing confidence, peak performance, and connection with others.
- The fundamentals of mindfulness and practicing mindful meditation
- Dealing with unwelcome experiences, such as stress, fear, and self-doubt
- Strengthening your connection with others
- Mindfulness for peak performance
- Practicing mindful leadership