What to do when your amygdala hijacks you

Here’s a video that describes what we can do when we need to trick the amygdala back to calm. It’s a video for kids, but I find it helpful for adults too.

PEACE: a 5 step mindfulness technique to reduce emotional intensity

I’ve taught this technique for calming to many clients and thought I’d record it here for those who need a refresher.

Podcast by Tara Brach: on learning to respond instead of reacting

Tara Brach is one of my favourite speakers/teachers on mindfulness. I often listen to her podcasts while cooking or as I relax before bed. This one is about how the brain “flips its lid” when we are triggered or reactive, and how we can learn to slow down, come down and respond more mindfully. She’s smart and kinda funny too.


The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

Many of my clients find this technique helpful for anxiety reduction and insomnia. Here’s a demonstration.

The power of power poses

Can our body language¬†affect our confidence? Amy Cuddy suggests that “power poses” held for 2 minutes can lower cortisol and increase testosterone levels in the brain.

Take a Break

Most of us have trouble unplugging from e-mail and social media when not at work. Perhaps we feel a great deal of internal and external pressure to remain accessible to colleagues, bosses, customers and clients. This article by Daniel Levitin explains why our brains need breaks and how to take them so that we can rest and be more productive too.

And this is a good time to mention that I’ll be on vacation from August 25-September 8. I’ve set a goal to (mostly) unplug. Wish me luck!