46 minutes | Apr 19, 2021

46. Strategies to De-Stress Your Nervous System

We are often witness to, or sometimes in the middle of, traumatic events. Whether it’s a mass casualty or cumulative stress over time, our nervous system can get stuck in an upregulated state. In this episode, we break down: training to handle stressful events, protective strategies to employ during and after traumatic events, the physiology of PTSD, specific techniques to downregulate your nervous system and getting to a place of equanimity.  Listen on: iTunes Spotify Stitcher Guest Bio:  Ryan Cheney is a mental health therapist, breath work, and performance coach based in Bend Oregon. Our guest on Stimulus Episode 5: The Art of Breathing, Ryan is a thought leader in the field of wellness for health care professions. You can contact him here for further questions and consultations.    This episode is in support of World Bicycle Relief -- delivering specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need. They’ve developed an efficient, innovative, and scalable model to empower students, health workers, and entrepreneurs in rural developing regions with life-changing mobility. Donate here. We will match donations up to $1,000. Essentials of Emergency Medicine, the conference I host each year, is happening May 25-27, 2021. Early bird discount ends April 3.  For an additional $100 off registration, use the code 'orman' at the bottom of the checkout page.   We discuss: The Las Vegas mass casualty and the wide range of emotional responses of those who were involved [03:50]; The fact that trauma is different for every single nervous system [05:50]; Training to handle stressful events in a better way [08:15]; What’s happening physiologically when you have PTSD after a traumatic event [10:40]; Strategies that are protective of your nervous system DURING a traumatic event [14:20]; The importance of PRE-TRAINING so that you have tools to down-regulate your nervous system in the moment [19:20]; Protective, positive strategies that can be used AFTER a traumatic event to reduce the risk of PTSD [25:50]; The role movement plays in down-regulation and why dosage matters [31:40]; The benefit of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and other body-based therapies for processing acute trauma [35:10]; The process of intentionally letting go, or “cutting strings”, when something is weighing heavily on you (such as a client, patient, etc.) [37:30]; And more.   For complete and detailed show notes, previous episodes, or to sign up for our newsletter: https://www.stimuluspodcast.com/ If you like what you hear on Stimulus and use Apple/iTunes as your podcatcher, please consider leaving a review of the show. I read all the reviews and, more importantly, so do potential guests. Thanks in advance! Interested in sponsoring this podcast? Connect with us here Follow Rob: Twitter: https://twitter.com/emergencypdx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stimuluswithrobormanmd Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/emergencypdx
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