Emotions Podcast Episodes

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Can’t Sleep? How to Turn Off the Day

Can’t Sleep? How to Turn Off the Day

How often do you crawl into bed after an exhausting day only to find that you can’t sleep? What's often overlooked in getting a good night's sleep is the importance of preparing for sleep. In this episode psychologist Dr. Ted Zeff offers some practical techniques to help you transition from your wakeful, daytime life to a night of deep, restful sleep. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World,” written Dr. Ted Zeff. In this episode, Dr. Zeff addresses a problem that many highly sensitive people suffer from—sleep issues. While some people can sleep through sirens and earthquakes, the highly sensitive person feels they can’t sleep with light background noise or ambient lighting. While there are many possible reasons for sleep problems, over stimulation can often block natural sleep signals, and leave you tossing and turning. Dr. Zeff offers essential strategies to help you make the transition from alert and awake to deep sleep.
Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You

Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the popular audiobook "The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It," by psychologist Dr. David Carbonell. This popular and effective audiobook shows how anxiety hijacks the brain, and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry—once and for all. In this episode, Dr. Carbonell talks about how it’s easy to get fooled by our thoughts— especially worrisome thoughts. The real meaning of the worrisome thoughts generally has little to do with the subject matter of the thoughts. In this excerpt, he shares his approach to dealing with chronic worry.
Understanding Overreactions

Understanding Overreactions

Have there been times when you found yourself so angry that you couldn’t see straight? Have reactions that seemed justified in the moment later turned out to be inappropriate and damaging, leaving you feeling regretful? If you’ve had these experiences, today’s episode can help you understand overreactions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle. Today we have an excerpt from the audiobook "Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions" written by marriage and family therapist Judith Siegel. "Stop Overreacting" helps you learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of losing control. In this episode Judith Siegel discusses the factors that can lead to overreacting. She talks about two different patterns of overreacting: exploding and imploding, as well as why we react the way we do. Understanding overreactions is a helpful step in learning to respond rationally in moments of stress and crisis.
Understanding the Amygdala and Anxiety

Understanding the Amygdala and Anxiety

The amygdala is a part of the brain that is the source of many of our emotional reactions—both positive and negative—and it plays an influential role in anxiety. Understanding the amygdala is an important foundation in learning how to change your brain—and reduce anxiety. In today’s episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry,” by Catherine Pittman, PhD and Elizabeth Karle. This audiobook is an evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. You’ll learn how anxiety is created in the brain, as well as techniques to overcome it. Your brain is a powerful tool, and the more you focus on changing the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you’ll become. This excerpt offers an understanding of the amygdala and anxiety, which is an important step in learning to change your brain and overcome anxiety.
Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Simple Tips

Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Simple Tips

What is the secret to overcoming loneliness? How can you can learn to live with, or even embrace, those moments when you feel alone? In this episode, we're sharing a helpful excerpt from Dr. Karyn Hall’s audiobook "The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You." In this audiobook, Dr. Hall shares proven-effective cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques designed to help you cope with intense emotions. In this episode Dr. Hall addresses one of the most pervasive and least discussed taboos in our culture: loneliness. In her discussion of loneliness, Dr. Hall lifts the veil and reveals how common it is to feel lonely, and she offers some inspiring and helpful tools for overcoming loneliness.
How to Feel Happy: A Counter-Intuitive Approach

How to Feel Happy: A Counter-Intuitive Approach

What if, instead of trying to fix the problems in your life, you decided that you wanted to do something different? What if you wanted to be miserable? How would you go about it, and what would you learn about yourself? This counter-intuitive approach to how to feel happy can actually point you in the direction of a life of contentment. Today we have a conversation with psychologist Dr. Randy Paterson author of the audiobook “How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use.” Dr. Paterson talks about his new audiobook and the power of flipping the question and asking: If I wanted to, how would I make myself miserable? He shares tips and exercises to identify the ways you may already be sabotaging your well-being, as well as ways to break out of old, unhealthy patterns. Gaining insight into how to feel happy can be found in this simple and unusual technique.
Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Many of us over-think the problems in our lives. Maybe you over-think your relationships or eating habits. Perhaps you worry compulsively. You may even have started to over-think over-thinking! If you’ve ever wished you could stop over-thinking, this simple guided meditation may help. In this episode, clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Taitz discusses the pitfalls of rumination. Dr. Taitz is the author of the audiobook, “End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food.” Today she walks us through the links between over-thinking and suppression, avoidance, and distress—and offers a way to stop over-thinking with a soothing and centering guided mediation. This meditation is designed to bring you out of your thoughts and into the present moment.
Personal Growth: The Role of Pain and Crisis

Personal Growth: The Role of Pain and Crisis

Most us go through life trying to avoid pain, but it inevitably finds us. When we experience the crisis of heartbreak, illness or misfortune, often our impulse is to despair and sink into ourselves. However, there is often a transformative power in pain and crisis. Your struggles can become the personal growth that influences your life for the best. In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life,” by Doctors Marilyn Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten, and Tina Amorok. If you’ve been touched by tragedy or set back by challenges, we hope you’ll find this episode inspiring.
Simple Mindfulness Practices to Open Your Heart

Simple Mindfulness Practices to Open Your Heart

Being kind to yourself and opening your heart to others are two important aspects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Simple mindfulness practices can enhance the experience of connection we feel with ourselves and with others. In this episode, Drs. Elisha Goldstein and Bob Stahl discuss the power of small acts of kindness and generosity — for ourselves and for others. The best place to start practicing these simple mindfulness practices may be with yourself!
Chuck Hillig: Finding Liberation in Feeling Everything

Chuck Hillig: Finding Liberation in Feeling Everything

In this episode, Chuck Hillig takes on a big, amorphous subject: Feelings. If you’re hesitant to feel your feelings or address them head on, then this audiobook excerpt may inspire you to investigate your own misconceptions about feelings. Chuck asks us to consider the possibility that there is no such thing as a “good or bad” feeling. In fact, there is liberation in feeling everything!

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