Stress Relief 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.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Five Tips to Improve Your Practice

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Five Tips to Improve Your Practice

We know we should probably meditate, but we may find ourselves distracted by dozens of different impulses the second we try to clear our minds. The benefits of practices like mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are well known, but many people still struggle to keep up a consistent meditation practice. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from an audiobook full of mindfulness techniques: MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Dr. Elisha Goldstein and Dr. Bob Stahl. In this episode, Drs. Goldstein and Stahl address the problem that many people have with meditation: it’s harder than it seems! They identify five common obstacles that can derail your best efforts to meditate, as well as five antidotes to those obstacles. If you’re looking for a little less frustration on the path to being more present, today’s episode is a great place to start!
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.
Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Do you feel caught in a trap where life looks like a never-ending to-do list without enough time to do get everything done? Pushing yourself too hard for too long can lead to fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout. Today we’re sharing a short guided meditation you can listen to anytime you need to take a brief time out from other people and endless tasks—and restore your energy. In this episode, we present an excerpt from the audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths & Thrive in a Loud & Crazy World” by psychotherapist and mindfulness expert Dr. Arnie Kozak. While it is primarily for introverts, it’s a helpful resource for anyone looking to feel more calm and peaceful. 
Dr. Kozak offers tips for how to protect your energy throughout the day, followed by a short guided meditation that will help you feel rested, recharged and renewed.
Fear of the Unknown: Why Ambiguity Makes Us Anxious

Fear of the Unknown: Why Ambiguity Makes Us Anxious

What is it about ambiguity that sends us into spirals of anxiety, depression or panic? How do we overcome the unexpected, and the unplanned? If you wake up tomorrow morning and your life is fundamentally different than it is today, how would you fare? In this episode, we discuss why ambiguous situations often trigger anxiety. You’ll come to have a better understanding of your fear of the unknown, and learn how to live freely and confidently in a world full of unexpected happenings.
Understanding and Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Understanding and Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking has its roots in the fear of being scrutinized by others. Sweaty palms, racing hearts and upset stomachs are the mind’s way of urging us to run and hide. We humans are deeply wired with an understanding that scrutiny might result in being ostracized by others. Social acceptance is very important to us, since we aren’t equipped to survive alone. Psychologist Shawn T. Smith shares insights into the biology behind the fear of public speaking, as well as how to challenge and disrupt irrational thought.
Doubt or Danger? How Worrying Backfires on You

Doubt or Danger? How Worrying Backfires on You

Ironically, when you worry, your efforts to stop worrying often backfire on you. All too often, when you try to “talk yourself out of” a worry, you’re likely to fail. So what can you do? In today’s episode, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shares his funny and wise thoughts on how worry tricks us. He discusses the difference between doubt and danger, and how to feel more balanced and in control of your worries.
Freedom from Anxiety: The Power of Cognitive Restructuring

Freedom from Anxiety: The Power of Cognitive Restructuring

Today we're delving into the science behind rewiring the brain using cognitive restructuring, We're sharing an excerpt from the audio book "Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry." Thought patterns that are illogical or unhealthy can exacerbate anxiety or stress. Cognitive therapists focus on identifying and changing thoughts that are self-defeating or dysfunctional, particularly thoughts that lead to increased levels of anxiety or depression. This approach is known as cognitive restructuring. By changing your thoughts, you can establish new patterns of responding in the brain that become stable and lasting.

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