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  • How To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve for Better Mental Health How To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve for Better Mental HealthI’ll bet that you’ve experienced butterflies in your stomach or an unmistakable, strong gut feeling before. So, you’ve pretty much always known that what goes on in your head affects your stomach. But did you know that what goes on in your belly affects your brain too? It works both ways. Science ... Read more
  • How to Stop the Negative Thought Loop in Your Mind How to Stop the Negative Thought Loop in Your MindEven if you don’t know what rumination is, I’m willing to bet you do it. Maybe even a lot! What Is Rumination and Why Do You Do It? Basically, ruminating is thinking about something over and over. It’s when your mind grabs hold of an issue and keeps mulling it over without any real ... Read more
  • The Neuroscience of Building a Resilient Brain The Neuroscience of Building a Resilient BrainWhat makes one person more resilient than another? Some people go through unfathomable pain, tremendous suffering, and extreme hardship. While these events may slow them down and set them back for a bit, they manage to somehow endure, keep moving forward, and even grow through it all. On the other hand, some ... Read more
  • 10 Common Negative Thinking Patterns and How You Can Change Them 10 Common Negative Thinking Patterns and How You Can Change ThemIn India, when training elephants, handlers begin by chaining one of the elephant’s legs to a tree. Over time, they gradually decrease the size of the chain until all it takes is a flimsy string to hold the elephant. It’s not the string that restrains the massive animal. It’s his mind. Your ... Read more
  • You can’t think your way out of PTSD. Try calming your limbic system instead. You can't think your way out of PTSD. Try calming your limbic system instead.“Time is a great healer” – how many times have you heard this reassuring phrase meaning that any painful and difficult situation won’t seem as bad as time passes? In most cases, that’s exactly what will happen. As the years pass, painful memories fade, and we end up wondering why it all ... Read more
  • 5 Ways Your Phone Could Be Hurting Your Mental Health 5 Ways Your Phone Could Be Hurting Your Mental HealthSmartphones have become essential to almost every part of a person’s life these days: school, work, family, friends, fun. Originally, phones were functional – a means to make calls on-the-go and connect with others. They have evolved to become hand-sized computers which are capable of much more. Your smartphone can tell ... Read more
  • 5 Ways to Work With Your Mind to Stop Negative Thoughts 5 Ways to Work With Your Mind to Stop Negative ThoughtsEveryone has pesky, negative, worrisome thoughts. That’s normal. If you’re lucky, it’s less often than all the time. Why You Have A Negative Brain I’ve seen estimates that somewhere around  60 to 80 percent of our thoughts are negative. And if that weren’t bad enough, most of our thoughts are repetitive. I’ve read as ... Read more
  • How Trauma Can Damage the Brain for Generations and Can Be Reversed How Trauma Can Damage the Brain for Generations and Can Be ReversedThe relatively new science of epigenetics is proving that who you are is the culmination of the experiences in your life – and even those of your ancestors – which cause changes in how your genes operate. Modifications occur and genes can switch on or off depending on the environment. ... Read more
  • Two Primary Ways to Drive Brain Neuroplasticity Two Primary Ways to Drive Brain NeuroplasticityIn the 1980s, researchers at The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) confirmed that the human brain remodels itself following the “Hebbian rule.” Donald Hebb, a Canadian psychologist, first proposed that “Neurons that fire together, wire together” meaning that the brain continually alters its physical form and function based ... Read more
  • How to Stop Painful Memories from Haunting You How to Stop Painful Memories from Haunting YouNone of us get out of this life unscathed. If we’re lucky, we only experience a few deep wounds and even fewer “my life changed in a second” moments. I’m not trying to be a downer, but I’m here to tell you to expect pain as part of life. Big pain. It’s ... Read more
  • The One Sure Way to Stop Anxious, Depressing Thoughts The One Sure Way to Stop Anxious, Depressing ThoughtsWe’ve all been told at one time or another – probably far too often – “Just let it go.” I’m sure the person offering this well-meaning sentiment intended to help. However, “Let it go” is bad advice – and almost impossible to do – when it comes to those pesky recurring ... Read more
  • The Neuroscience of Changing Your Behavior The Neuroscience of Changing Your Behavior Your life literally shapes your brain. The more often you perform an action or behave a certain way, the more it gets physically wired into your brain. This amazing adaptive quality of your brain is known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity can work both for and against you. Neuroplasticity Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change ... Read more
  • The Link Between Dopamine and Depression The Link Between Dopamine and Depression Depression is a complex illness which can show up very differently in different people. Despite popular theories, the cause of depression is not clearly understood. Whether depression is actually even a disease or a symptom is the current debate. Neurochemicals, like dopamine and serotonin, may play a part, but what ... Read more
  • How Dehydration Contributes To Depression How Dehydration Contributes To DepressionDehydration and depression are linked in several ways. In fact, one of the symptoms of chronic dehydration can be depression. Because depression is a multi-faceted condition with several causes, involving multiple parts of your body, it would be an overstatement to say that all depression is affected by dehydration. However, in ... Read more
  • How Listening To Music Benefits Your Brain How Listening To Music Benefits Your Brain It’s long been said that music is mind medicine. Advances in neuroscience and brain imaging are revealing what’s happening in the brain to prove this true. Research shows that listening to music can reduce anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, memory, increase some cognitive ... Read more
  • How To Heal The Brain After Trauma How To Heal The Brain After TraumaTrauma is all too common these days, unfortunately. Child abuse. Rape. Combat. Violence. Car accidents. Life. Traumatic events can actually alter the structure and function of people’s brains resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When remembering the trauma, often in vivid flashbacks, or reacting to everyday stressors in life, the ... Read more
  • Four Steps To Take Control Of Your Mind And Change Your Brain Four Steps To Take Control Of Your Mind And Change Your BrainBecause of neuroplasticity, the scientifically proven ability of your experiences, behaviors, and thoughts to alter your brain, you are sculpting the physical form and function your brain every day with your life. Most of the time, neuroplastic change happens unconsciously as a result of thought patterns and habitual behaviors we ... Read more
  • Five Ways To Grow New Brain Cells Five Ways To Grow New Brain CellsIt used to be believed that you were born with all the neurons you were going to have. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that the birth of new brain cells, called neurogenesis, was observed in the hippocampus in the rat brain. Even then, scientists were skeptical that neurogenesis happened ... Read more
  • Help Depression By Healing Your Limbic System Help Depression By Healing Your Limbic SystemYour limbic system is an ancient collection of brain structures located deep within the brain. The limbic system is the emotional part of your brain and processes your sense of smell, stores highly charged emotional memories, and affects all sleep and appetite cycles, moods, sexuality, and bonding. Depression is primarily a ... Read more
  • The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You Think The Quickest Way To Change How You Feel Is To Change How You ThinkScience has confirmed, without a doubt, that your brain is shaped by your life. Your experiences, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings literally, physically change the form and function of your brain, a concept known as neuroplasticity, from the day you’re born until the day you die. We all come into this ... Read more
  • 8 Things You Need To Know About Preventing Parkinson’s 8 Things You Need To Know About Preventing Parkinson'sParkinson’s Disease (PD) is the second most commonly diagnosed neurodegenerative condition behind Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it’s the 14th leading cause of death in America, and if that wasn’t scary enough, 64% of patients diagnosed die within six years and only 23% of patients living ... Read more
  • How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, And Genes How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells, And GenesEvery minute of every day, your body is physically reacting, literally changing, in response to the thoughts that run through your mind. It’s been proven over and over again that just thinking about something causes your brain to release neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that allow it to communicate with parts of itself ... Read more
  • How Your Neurons Make You A Nervous Wreck (and how to rewire them) How Your Neurons Make You A Nervous Wreck (and how to rewire them)For far too many people, being anxious, nervous, and worried, has become a way of life. It’s just the norm. Anxiety disorders are chronic, disabling conditions that are seen across the world in epidemic proportions. Globally, anxiety disorders were the sixth leading cause of disability in 2010. According to the National ... Read more
  • Ten Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain Ten Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your BrainNeuroplasticity has become a buzzword in psychology and scientific circles, as well as outside of them, promising that you can “rewire” your brain to improve everything from health and mental well-being to quality of life. There’s a lot of conflicting, misleading, and erroneous information out there. So, exactly how does it ... Read more
  • 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Mental Health Today 5 Things You Need To Know About Your Mental Health TodayDepression and anxiety are often thought of as mental health diseases of the Western lifestyle. While more common in Western cultures, depression and anxiety are found in every society in the world and are serious global health issues. One study by the University of Queensland Australia involving 480,000 people in 91 ... Read more
  • How Happy Happens In Your Brain How Happy Happens In Your BrainYour experience of your journey through life boils down to the chemicals in your brain. Happy, sad, mad, anxious, you name it – can all be traced to what’s going on inside your head. Your brain produces a chemical soup which directs your behavior, always instinctually encouraging you to seek pleasure ... Read more
  • How To Use 100% Of Your Brain How To Use 100% Of Your Brain Recently, I saw the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. If you’re planning on watching it and don’t want me to spoil it for you, then skip the next paragraph. (In my opinion, you can find plenty of better ways to spend 89 minutes.) The general story is that ... Read more
  • What’s The Difference Between Feelings And Emotions? What's The Difference Between Feelings And Emotions?Although the two words are used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between feelings and emotions. Ok.  Big deal. Well, it kind of is a big deal because understanding the difference between the two can help you change unhealthy behaviors and find more happiness and peace in your life. Feelings and emotions are ... Read more
  • Trying to Make Everyone Happy But Yourself Trying to Make Everyone Happy But YourselfBeing a people pleaser of the worst kind, I used to try to make others happy and dodge their displeasure at the cost of my own happiness. With this mentality, I created a world in which I placed my well-being in the hands of others for them to crumple like ... Read more
  • “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”These beautiful words, from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day, remind and inspire me. They remind me that, first and foremost, my life is entirely what I make of it. That’s right. I, alone, am responsible for my experience of this existence. No matter how much I’d like to, I can’t ... Read more
  • Free Yourself From Mental Slavery Free Yourself From Mental Slavery Emancipate yourself from mental slavery None but ourselves can free our minds.   Bob Marley   Imagine that someone presents you with a to-do list and tells you that you better hurry and start crossing things off.  Anxiously, you begin working your way through the list.  One of the first to-do’s is sending your ... Read more
  • What’s The Difference Between The Mind And The Brain? What's The Difference Between The Mind And The Brain?We all know what our brain is, right? It is that three pounds of “convoluted mass of gray and white matter” in our heads “serving to control and coordinate mental and physical actions.” OK.  Now, define the mind. Not as easy, eh?! You may be surprised to find that there is no single, agreed upon definition of the mind.  The psychiatric, mental health ... Read more
  • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger What Doesn't Kill You Makes You StrongerThat quote is attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Actually, he said it much more eloquently: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” It turns out that he was right. Studies have shown that some trauma survivors report positive changes and enhanced personal development, called post traumatic growth ... Read more
  • Are You Torturing Yourself With Your Thoughts? Are You Torturing Yourself With Your Thoughts?In 1995, on December 31st, at 7:56 pm my older brother by 10 months and best friend in the world, Chris Hampton, took his last breath, at the age of 33.  My mother, father, and other brother were all at his hospital bedside that New Year’s Eve night. Death didn’t happen quickly and it was not ... Read more
  • Are You Responding or Reacting? Are You Responding or Reacting? What is the difference in responding and reacting?  While the distinction may seem to be one of semantics, the impact of each in your life can be huge because reacting is an instinctual behavior directed by the reptilian brain, and responding is a conscious choice involving input from the more ... Read more

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