There is a considerable number of mainstream articles and blog posts discussing ways to control your stress, anxiety, and depression.

 

Unfortunately, most of that content does not cite relevant or credible scientific evidence to support the recommendations. Preparing for this book, however, I reviewed the science behind specific habits that can activate brain networks to lower stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

 

I believe that the seven habits I have identified will optimize the integration of the Self, as well as maximize the production of feel-good chemicals in our brains, which can be further amplified by the power of self-love.

 

One of the easiest ways to lower your stress and anxiety is to stimulate your mirror neurons by viewing clips that feature self-love habits. See the table below and click on the relevant links to check it out. 

Connecting with Nature

  • Restore more cognitive control

  • Lower your blood pressure

  • Improve your vagal tone

  • Strengthen your immune system

  • Raise the production of GABA in your brain

YouTube Nature Walk Clip

Connecting with Laughter

  • Stimulate cognition.

  • Increase the release of endogenous opioids (endorphins) in our brains, 

  • Reduce pain

  • Influence your thoughts and emotions by smiling

YouTube Laughter Clip

Connecting with Spirit

  • Generate peacefulness and raise cognitive clarity

  • Stimulate your neuroplasticity

  • Calm the overactive Primal brain

  • Reduce cognitive decline

  • Release more endocannabinoids

  • Distribute more serotonin to your frontal lobes

YouTube Spiritual Clip

Connecting with Pets

  • Lower blood pressure and reduce stress

  • Enjoy and appreciate more the present

  • Reduce your anxiety  

  • Release more oxytocin in your brain, making you feel loved and protected.

YouTube Pet Clip

Connecting with Music

  • Increase focused attention

  • Raise motivation

  • Reduce your experience of pain 

  • Raise levels of oxytocin

  • Lower cortisol levels

  • Improve your immune system.

YouTube Music Clip

Connecting with Breath

  • Reduce negative emotions

  • Lower the activity of the amygdala, 

  • Increase alpha waves to calm down and relax

  • Improve your vagal tone to calm your nervous system

YouTube Breath Clip

Connecting with Stories

  • Transport in stories to feel and experience what characters are going through. 

  • Activate your default mode network (DMN)to reach a state of flow.

  • Release more dopamine 

YouTube Story Clip

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