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160. Rewiring the Brain to Reduce Stress with Dr. Laurel Mellin

Brief summary of the show:

Dr. Laurel Mellin discusses the impact of stress on our health and how we can rewire our emotional brain to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. She introduces Emotional Brain Training (EBT), a simple system that helps individuals clear past stress and manage current stress in just one to three minutes. Dr. Mellin emphasizes the importance of understanding our brain states and using emotional tools to process emotions and change our behavior. She also highlights the benefits of EBT for relationships, parenting, and weight management. The EBT app is recommended as a tool to support the practice of emotional brain training.

Listen in as we talk about:

00:00 - Introduction and the Impact of Stress

08:22 - Understanding Brain States and Using Emotional Tools

14:43 - Practical Steps for Self-Improvement

23:42 - Accessing Inherent Strength and Wisdom

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Natalie Tysdal

Laura, it's a pleasure. And there are so many things I want to talk to you about today. I know we could go in a lot of different directions, but for the people that listen to this podcast, I think stress is one of the greatest problems we have. And it, as you are going to explain to us, leads to so many other issues, including weight gain, high blood pressure, you name it. So let's get to the root of you and your research and stress.

Laurel Mellin

What a great question. Actually, I spent 42 years at the University of California, San Francisco with the opportunity to figure out why we do what we do when we tell ourselves we won't do it, whether it's getting stressed out or anxious or overeating or drinking too much or whatever it is. And it turns out it's circuits in our emotional brain, our unconscious mind. Now you would probably say, you know, if you have an unconscious mind problem, you probably should go to a shrink. But at the university, we looked at it based on biology, based on essentially what is going on in your stress level. And it turns out you can rewire your own emotional brain to clear away the stress of the past and to spiral up out of today's stress in about one to three minutes just by using a very simple system we call emotional brain training to clear the stress and get back to a brain state of ultimate power and connection. We call that brain state one and you feel kind of a sense of joy inside, a glow in your body when you feel that way.

Natalie Tysdal 

Okay. You make it sound way too easy because we do. And I talk about, and I know it can be, and maybe that's the problem is we think we have to do so much to deal with our past and our everything else. But tell us what that looks like.