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Stress

Season 2 - Episode 3 Stress

  • 26 mins
  • Aired September 23, 2020

We are a stressed society and many of us self-medicate in ways that only amplify our stress. In this episode, we investigate the science of stress and how to reduce it, especially in the age of COVID. We explore the research behind meditation and mindfulness and offer ways to implement healing practices. Exploring another facet of stress, the episode takes a closer look at the millions of Americans who report sleep disruptions as a leading cause of stress. We highlight research that shows the impact of a bad night’s sleep and talk to a leading expert who goes beyond basic sleep hygiene, giving advice we can all use to improve sleep habits. We also learn about intergenerational trauma which is an area of research proving that trauma inflicted on one generation is inherited by the generations that follow and a source of unspoken stress. It’s a fascinating area of research that asks us to confront our own truths and traumas, to help us understand the power we have to influence our descendants.

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Meditation & Mindfullness

7 mins

BHC Psychologist and researcher Dr. Abby Lott works with the cast of Small Mouth Sounds at the Alliance Theater on meditation and mindfulness and the important roll it can play. Dr. Lott also discusses best practices for meditation and mindfulness as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Laughter and the Brain

2 mins

Led by neurosurgeon Dr. Jon Willie, Emory neuroscientists have discovered a path in the brain that when electrically stimulated, causes immediate laughter followed by a sense of calm and happiness even during awake brain surgery.

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Intergenerational Trauma

8 mins

Emory neuroscientist Dr. Brian Dias discusses epigenetics as it relates to intergenerational trauma being passed down from one generation to another.

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The Benefits of Surfing

3 mins

Surfers in La Jolla, CA, are interviewed on how surfing keeps them happy, stable and centered. Science also shows surfing can benefit the brain, leading to feelings of calmness, can help ease stress, anxiety and depression

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Stress and Sleep

4 mins

Dr. Nancy Collop and the Emory Sleep Center are featured on stress and sleep. When you need definitive answers about why you can’t sleep, spending a night in a sleep center and being monitored is one way to get those answers. Dr. Collop also discusses ways to manage stress and get sleep.