Come to the calm of a well functioning brain.
We have 4 major hormones in our system. We can work with these hormones to created better health.
Dopamine...This is the hormone that creates motivation and reward. It helps us to set goals and reach them. If we have low dopamine this can lead to depression, low motivation and loss of interest.
It is better to set new goals and create small steps to get to these goals. Your brain will reward you. Avoiding too much caffeine, sugar and recreational drugs helps to boost this hormone.
Serotonin...This is the mood hormone. It helps to regulate other functions. It can help to lower depression and regulate anxiety. It is related to confidence. So don't ignore your need for respect. Exercise can boost this hormone, it helps to challenge yourself.
Oxycontin....This is our love hormone. It helps with childbirth and bonding. It is also related to trust. This hormone is activated by kissing, hugging and sex. It is also activated by petting your pet.
Endorphins....This is our high that we get with exercise. It is a natural pain killer. It helps to up our pleasure. It also helps to eat dark chocolate, laugh, and mediate.
Find the humor!!
LENS helps with the activation of these hormones.
I found an article in Psychology Today, called How to use Humor to Manage Stress. We need to find the lighter side of things right now. People are reporting a 66% increase in mental health problems. People are also having trouble with sleeping, eating and there is a significant increase in alcohol consumption.
So here is a brief outline of the 4 R's of using humor created by Andrew Tarvin.
I just read an article in Ladders, it is well written and about how to create a good life. It begins with 12 age reversing habits....
As you know I am very committed to working with neurofeedback. I like any kind of information that can help with brain improvement.
With basic awareness practices, the guy that wrote this article was able to reverse 15 years of addiction, including heroin. This is a rough way of getting through life. Opioids are enticing, they like to take the pain away, but the real pain in underneath all of this.
So we need to sit back and learn to observe what our emotional states are all about. Wow, here comes that one with my family again. If I let my reactive brain take over then I leave a trail of sorrow both for myself and others. If I learn to work through that emotional high-jack of the amygdala then I can make it shrink down and the higher portion of my brain can do it's wonderful work.
We are in an age of fear. We need to learn to work with our own life to help others to find a calmer space.
LENS neurofeedback helps to calm the brain.
I just found Greater Good Magazine on line. There are many different areas to explore on this website.
One of the articles that I read was about speaking up when someone was being offensive. I know that I have a hard time with this. I was at a training recently and one of my fellow trainees was talking about going to Thailand. Her main comment was that all there was was Buddha every where. With other comments around this subject that were in appropriate. I wish that I would have spoken out. I was in a group of conservative people. I do not know if I would have been supported with a comment.
I want to practice different ways of connecting with people, where what I say does not put them down or offend. But I do need people to understand that we need to accept different ways of being a human that do not always fit my circle of understanding.
When we have a closed way of looking at things, we create more fear around us. How can we grow to understand other ways of living. Fear is driving so much of our relationships, we are willing to fight for our side without considering how ours are. I hope that I can not let fear guide my interventions in the future and not react out of anger.
LENS helps to heal the brain and helps to create a calmer way of being in the world.
I have been neglecting this writing for some time. Life has been requiring me to dance in another way.
I have had good support from people that care about me. However, the anxiety and depression loves to stick up it's lovely head.
LENS has helped me a good deal during a very difficult time.
I know that there are many of you that are having problems with our current state of affairs. I would like to support you on your journey towards becoming more calm and balanced. I know that this will help to bring you into a place that has the ability to keep the stress monkey at bay.
Come and try LENS. I works.
I have been working the psychology field for some time now. I see where there are so many gaps that need to be filled. I see people on the street in need. I know that the addictive process has harmed many of these people. I still want to help.
So, I came up with a easy concept. Please join me if you can.
I am buying nutrition bars and handing them out to people that I see on the street. One of my clients buys gift cards at McDonald's or some other fast food place and hands those out. These people are usually hungry. I think that if we all show a little compassion, that they can find a way out of this place of a downward spiral. Please be careful, there is a good deal of mental health issues, be cautious.
Please tell me what you think!
LENS helps to heal the brain. I can help with anxiety and depression, without the use of drugs. And with no side effects. Dana
I have been reading a good deal about Nonviolent Communication. This approach is good at finding the needs and emotions that are underneath anger. I am intrigued with the concept of acceptance that is involved with this program. We are taught to learn to sit back and assess our anger before we respond to someone else. We need to get in touch with our own needs and emotions before we can have empathy for another. So we are silent as we wait to see what is at the bottom of these needs and emotions. We need to take care of ourselves, first to be able to respond with empathy. When we respond from this place we are acknowledging everyone's needs and emotions and not just our own.
I hope that this makes sense. I think that we need to have more calm with people in the world instead of running with our emotions and running over others.
LENS calms the brain, so we can function better without drugs.
I found an article in The Atlantic about America's Invisible Pot Addicts. It is well written. I usually loose people on this subject. I have a personal interest because of my family and some of my friends. So please bear with me.
I just read an article in The Guardian. It is about communication again. The article is about a couple from Wales that has learned how to communicate with terrorists and teenagers. The whole premise of these way of communication is that we need to get our ego out of the way. We need to learn to understand that the person that we are trying to communicate with needs to know that we are not trying to put them in a one down position. As we know, we feel that way when we are in a position of trying to communicate with someone that is perceived as having more authority. We learn in the movies that it is intimidation that rules the day, but in real life that is not the way that it works.
So here are some animal communication styles that we tend to go to:
I know that I like my job using the LENS neurofeedback system, I hope that I can help.
I just read an article about ECT or electoconvulsive therapy in Psychology Today. We have been using this form of therapy for the last 80 years. According this this article this form of therapy should be stopped immediately until further research has been conducted. Dr. John Read from the UK published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry their analysis of the 11 studies that have been conducted on ECT. All of the studies were done before 1985 and in a poor manner. There is opposition to this study saying that it has saved lives and helped with depression. The authors of this paper could find not evidence to support these statements. ECT does cause memory loss and impaired thinking. Perhaps that is why the patient is seen as improved. I have had my concerns about this form of therapy. It is very strong and debilitating.
LENS by contrast is a gentle effective treatment that shows significant improvement with depression and anxiety. If you know of anyone that is having trouble please send them my way.
Hello, my name is Dana Lee Collins M.A.,L.P.C. I am a psychotherapist that has been trained in the art of neurofeedback. This science helps to heal the brain of trauma. I am dedicated to helping people heal.