Stress is the aspect of anxiety that we feel in our body. Worry is about thoughts, but stress is how our muscles get tense, our breathing gets tight, it makes you ache or makes your hands sweat, stress is the physiological response to perceived danger.
So when your brain perceives a threat, whether it’s a tiger or an upcoming deadline, your brain triggers that FFF response. But we can train our mind and body to be calm by doing little activities that regulate the nervous system, and it’s best if we do these throughout the day.
Now for people who work in manual labor jobs, stress reduction may look like resting on the couch, but for people who spend much of their day frozen at their computer, reducing stress is probably going to be most effective if we incorporate movement
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I’m Emma McAdam, I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked in various settings of change and growth since 2004. My experience includes Juvenile Corrections, Adventure Therapy programs, Wilderness Therapy programs, an Eating Disorder Treatment Center, a Residential Treatment Center, and I currently work in an Outpatient Therapy Clinic.
In therapy I use a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systems Theory, Positive Psychology, and a Bio-Psycho-Social approach to treating mental illness and other challenges we all face in life. The ideas from my videos are frequently adapted from multiple sources, many of them come from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, especially the work of Steven Hayes, Jason Luoma, and Russ Harris. The sections on stress and the mind body connection derive from the work of Stephen Porges (the Polyvagal theory), Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing) Francine Shapiro (EMDR) and Bessel Van Der Kolk. I also rely heavily on the work of the Arbinger Institute for my overall understanding of our ability to choose our life direction.
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