#19 Forms and Focus Discussion on Tension
Work and money are the top two stressors that are reprogramming our brains. Unfortunately, we have convinced ourselves that it is normal and part of life. In this podcast, we challenge this norm and provide solutions to reduce tension so you can focus on your dreams.
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0:00 - Intro
2:30 - Problem - Stress is killing your focus.
6:40 - Solution/Habits for better focus.
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SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE #19
- People stressed out: Work and Money.
- Tension in the brain (Stress)
- TOURO University, Health and Human Services: Stress can kill brain cells and even reduce the size of the brain. Chronic stress has a shrinking effect on the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
- (Same as above) While stress can shrink the prefrontal cortex, it can increase the size of the amygdala, which can make the brain more receptive to stress.
- “Cortisol is believed to create a domino effect that hard-wires pathways between the hippocampus and amygdala in a way that might create a vicious cycle by creating a brain that becomes predisposed to be in a constant state of fight-or-flight,” Christopher Bergland writes in Psychology Today.
- Tension in the Body
- Back pain (8% world wide), neck and shoulder tension (30%), wrist tension, tight hips, increased heart rate, short breathing, slow digestive system, increased sickness, and just about everything else.
- Brian plasticity refers to the ways that neural pathways are able to reform in the brain.
- Get help, counseling, better friends, self care, take a damn break.
- Say goodbye to toxic relationships: Survey of YourTango Experts half or more of all people have toxic relationships in their lives.
- Change your job if you can: 94% of American workers report experiencing stress
- Start Small: 10 minutes a day: Focus on your body, your breathing, your awareness, and focus on your dreams. Then increase it over time. Take baby steps. Add 5 minutes a month.
- Take time to stretch:
- Don’t bounce, don’t aim for pain: Talk to your doctor before you do anything.
- Dynamic Stretching
- Static stretching
- Join a Yoga or exercise Class with positive friends, Karate or a walking/bike riding group.
- Start small (do some simple stretches in the morning, between meetings, and before bed).