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All things calm in the center of what it means to be a human being, embracing the moments of our lives with joy, fullness, and hope.  www.calm.amyfullerphd.com
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Who Else Wants to Feel Human?

Who Else Wants to Feel Human? | CALM | Scoop.it
Sometimes things that used to be nourishing take a back seat to the more urgent or pressing tasks at hand. What can we do to feel human during those times?

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, July 17, 2014 6:47 PM

Sometimes things that used to be nourishing take a back seat to the more urgent or pressing tasks at hand. What can we do to feel human during those times?

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Strengthen the Connection Between Your Brain and Heart

Strengthen the Connection Between Your Brain and Heart | CALM | Scoop.it
Your brain and heart have the ability to communicate with each other and they always do to a certain extent. This connection can be strengthened and developed
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I like theses instructions for increasing the connection between head and heart:


Quick Coherence® Technique:

  • Heart Focus: Shift your attention to the area of the heart and breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Heart Breathing: Keep your focus in the heart by gently breathing – five seconds in and five seconds out – through your heart. Do this two or three times.
  • Heart Feeling: Activate and sustain a genuine feeling of appreciation or care for someone or something in your life. Focus on the good heart feeling as you continue to breathe through the area of your heart.


- See more at: http://www.thehealersjournal.com/2013/06/15/heart-and-brain-connection-intuitive-strengthen/#sthash.LeJfHMz8.dpuf

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:22 PM

Human beings are a whole. The heart and the brain work together along with the body to make us who we are.

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5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life - Huffington Post

5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life - Huffington Post | CALM | Scoop.it

5 Hawaiian Words To Redefine Health, Happiness And Power In Your Life Huffington Post For many first-time visitors, Hawaii is a place where perfect weather and pristine beaches make for good vacationing and pretty postcards.


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Love these 5 words and their meaning...

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What Inspires Me: Use Your Brain, Then Shut it Down

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What Inspires Me: Use Your Brain, Then Shut it Down

My brain doesn’t turn off by itself. I’ve had to teach it to.


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This author shares how she has taught her brain to experience what she calls a breakthrough and stillness. Nice. 

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Use Yogic Breathing To Calm Down In 6 Seconds

Use Yogic Breathing To Calm Down In 6 Seconds | CALM | Scoop.it
To calm down when we're flustered or angry, most therapists teach us to use our breathing. Everyone thinks that the secret is in the inhalation. The more I can inhale and fill my lung, the more calm I am, right? 
Wrong. 
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Managing Stress - Brainsmart - BBC

Brainsmart website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/brainsmart/ Stress is all too natural. But here are some tips for keeping it under control.
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Fun and informative 2 minute video explaining the biological process of stress and how to handle stress more effectively. 

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Coping Skills

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This page lists positive coping skills for difficult times.

Essentially taking an active role in your healing ('approach coping') is better than taking a passive role or avoiding the problem. Approach/tackle coping means learning about your condition (be it PTSD or other), learning coping skills and seeking social support. Things not to do are going into denial, self blame and partying too hard. Those are called avoidance coping and they keep you from healing more quickly. (Bloks et al., 2004)

Other helpful things that researchers recommend are activities such as moderate exercise, information seeking and relaxation. (Broder, 1996)

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This list of coping skills is hard to read but good content about grounding, staying present, breathing, stress and effective boundaries. 

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» 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind

» 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind | CALM | Scoop.it
Sometimes when we’re exhausted, we gravitate toward activities that drain us even more. Or we think we don’t deserve to take a break, so we ignore our
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Relaxation_Exercises.pdf

This relaxation resource guide was produced at the Trauma Center, with the funding of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), under a

federal Anti-Terrorism Supplemental Grant (ATSG), to aid Victims of and Responders to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. It is not intended to

supplant professional support.

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Relaxation Exercises

Nice simple instructions for basic and proven relaxation tecniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, meditation on the breath, and guided imagery. Scooped by Amy Fuller PhD

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The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

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The Neurobiology of Grace Under Pressure

8 habits that stimulate your vagus nerve and keep you calm, cool, and collected.

When was the last time that you had to perform gracefully in a high-pressure situation? How did you handle it? Did you choke or did you have grace under pressure? Researchers continue to confirm that daily habits of mindset and behavior can create a positive snowball effect through a feedback loop linked to stimulating your vagus nerve.

Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

This is an excellent explaination of how calm looks and is created in the body. The author describes in plain language how the vagus nerve creates calm and provides practices which are not exacty what you would expect, but definelty worthy of reading! 

Quote: As with any mind-body feedback loop, messages also travel "downstream" from your conscious mind through the vagus nerve signaling your organs to create an inner-calm so you can “rest-and-digest” during times of safety or to prepare your body for “fight-or-flight” in dangerous situations.

The neurobiology of grace under pressure

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How to Calm Your Inner Critic ...In 5 Minutes A Day

How to Calm Your Inner Critic ...In 5 Minutes A Day | CALM | Scoop.it

How to Calm Your Inner Critic ...In 5 Minutes A Day

Do you have a voice inside your head that just won't let up? That points out all your flaws, mistakes and screw ups? That if you're wondering if you look fat, assures you that you do? Or when nervo...

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Tranquility Quotes: 18 Peaceful Sayings To Bring Calm

Tranquility Quotes: 18 Peaceful Sayings To Bring Calm | CALM | Scoop.it
Peace, calm and serenity: three components of The Huffington Post's Oasis that make it the tranquil space it is. Attendees have been seen napping, practicing yoga and clearing their heads.
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Great quotes about peace, calm and tranquiity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/tranquility-quotes-peace-sayings-calm_n_1854917.html 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 13, 2013 7:37 PM

I liked this. We need more oases for peace, calm and serenity

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Acceptance Of What Can't Be Changed Is Key To Satisfaction In Later Life ... - Huffington Post

Acceptance Of What Can't Be Changed Is Key To Satisfaction In Later Life ... - Huffington Post | CALM | Scoop.it

new study has found that during the difficult changes of later life -- moving into residential care and losing a certain level of independence -- an acceptance of what can't be changed is a major predictor of life satisfaction.

Researchers at Deakin University in Australia found that when it comes to life satisfaction in one's later years, the ability to accept what cannot be changed is equally important to the feeling of being able to exert control over one's life.


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13 Ways to be Happier

13 Ways to be Happier | CALM | Scoop.it
Without realising it, many of our thought habits get in the way of our happiness and cause us to get stuck into negative patterns of thinkin
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Bring Your Life Into Balance: A Free Self-Guided Program for Becoming a Healthier, Happier You

Bring Your Life Into Balance: A Free Self-Guided Program for Becoming a Healthier, Happier You | CALM | Scoop.it
Emotional Self-Help Toolkit: Bring Your Life Into Balance


A Self-Guided Program to Help You Relieve Stress and Take Control of Your Life

Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and responsibilities? Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or worry? Are mood swings interfering with your relationships at home and work? Or do you feel trapped in a negative cycle, repeating the same mistakes over and over? Then it’s time to make a change. By learning how to harness stress and manage your emotions, you can become healthier, happier, and have a more positive effect on those around you


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www.helpguide.org This is a rich and resourseful website with all sorts of tools for managing stress and creating calm. Enjoy! www.AmyFullerPhd.com    www.fullerlifefamilytherapy.org 

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 10, 2013 1:36 PM

Great tools videos and exercises about befriending emotions and self-care techniques for stress.

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enjoy a moment of calm

enjoy a moment of calm | CALM | Scoop.it
a digital relaxation experience
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

Calm.com offers beautiful live digital scenes which you can choose from and a 2 minute guided meditation to set your mind, body and soul at ease. It has a great app for your smart phone to do on the go. 

This 2 minute mediation could be a great resource in those moments when we become emotionally highjacked and so full of negative emotion that it feels like we can't even breathe. 

There is a great app for smartphones. 

May you be at ease and calm. Amy Fuller Phd

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:01 PM

It was good.

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:27 AM

LOVE this! What a great way to destress and do a little self-care!

Pat Slade's curator insight, July 14, 2013 8:14 AM

Relaxation exercise that is easily accessible.

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Dr. Amy Fuller, Marriage & Family Therapist passionate about healing & empowering a fuller life through Relational, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health/Growth. www.AmyFullerPhd.com