The Mind Zone

How the voices in your head handle fight, flight and freeze responses

Tara Brach is a spiritual teacher who focuses on the importance of inner compassion and kindness. She is famous for her book 'Radical Acceptance' and her 'RAIN' (Recognise, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) methodology used for processing difficult emotions. In a recent youtube talk titled 'Transforming your relationship with Anxiety', Tara covered the ways in which fight,… Continue reading How the voices in your head handle fight, flight and freeze responses

The Mind Zone

How to reduce anxiety for an upcoming stressful event

Everybody has to experience anxiety-inducing days at some point in their life. This might be the first day of a new job, meeting the in-laws, having a difficult conversation or when big changes take place such as moving house. For me, the anxiety seems to start when the date of an event is finalised, I… Continue reading How to reduce anxiety for an upcoming stressful event

The Mind Zone

Polyvagal Theory – the real root cause of Addiction

"Trauma is chronic disruption of connectedness' - Dr. Stephen Porges In a psychological experiment conducted by Dr Bruce Alexander named 'Rat Park', rats were offered addictive drugs freely available at the touch of a button. Rats in group A were put into solitary confinement, whilst rats in group B were put into cages with plenty… Continue reading Polyvagal Theory – the real root cause of Addiction

IBS

How to have a happier belly

Following on from my previous post about the role of the microbiome in our health, here are some easy and practical tips to improve your gut health and help you feel better: 1. Diversity is queen For somebody with IBS, it can be a scary thought to move away from your 'safe foods'. However, by… Continue reading How to have a happier belly