Stress Relief Podcast Episodes
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Today we’re exploring the power of cognitive restructuring and ending anxiety by rewiring the brain. 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!
Authors of the best-selling audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry” offer great advice about being mindful of your interpretations during stressful situations. Interpretations are often shaped by past experiences and expectations, so it sometimes takes practice to identify a more helpful way to interpret it. Having the ability to change your interpretations can often go a long way toward helping you to reduce anxiety.
What can you do when your mind is spinning and your thoughts just won’t stop? Today we’re offering a guided relaxation exercise by psychologists Dr. Colleen Carney and Dr. Rachel Mamber, authors of the audiobook “Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Night’s Sleep.” This guided progressive muscle relaxation will teach you to relax muscles, release tension and experience a quiet mind.
Your mind is not built to make you happy; it’s built to help you survive. But in the process, it may have developed some bad habits—like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist. Is it any wonder that worry, anxiety, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life? Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with psychologist Dr. Shawn Smith. He discusses his audiobook The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It, and offers helpful tips to eliminate worry and anxiety.
Today we’re sharing a soothing guided meditation that will help you find your center in stressful moments. This guided meditation for stress can also help any time you just want to feel more grounded. This meditation is from psychologist Ted Zeff’s audiobook “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World.” In this episode, Dr. Zeff shares a meditation that will help you come back to center. You’ll be guided through a soothing, grounding meditation, which will leave you calm, centered, and happy.
We can all benefit from a quick and easy way to stop stress and bring ourselves back to the present moment. QUIET is an acronym for a simple technique that helps you quiet your mind in any given moment. Best of all, it only takes a few seconds!
In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from psychotherapist Dr. Arnie Kozac’s audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths and Thrive in a Loud and Crazy World.” In “The Awakened Introvert,” Dr. Kozac shares mindfulness and cognitive behavioral tools that will help you unlock the full potential of the introvert brain. In this excerpt, Dr. Kozac shares a great technique to access mindfulness on the go—a series of five steps designed to interrupt automatic mind patterns that lead to stress. You can do the QUIET technique multiple times a day to help feel grounded and calm.
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.
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.
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!
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.