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Mental Health and Neuroplasticity: Change your Brain

10 Alternatives to Medication to improve Mental Health - Research backed treatments for Depression and Anxiety
Emma McAdam
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Neuroplasticity- You Can Change your Brain! Improve your mental health!
10 Natural ways to treat Depression and Anxiety that are backed by scientific research
Hack your Nervous system by triggering the parasympathetic (calming) part
Common nutrient deficiencies that mimic depression or anxiety
How to turn on the "Abundant mindset" and foster Joy in your Life
5 Skills to Reduce Stress Levels, muscle tension, and anxiety
Treat Depression using a comprehensive-whole-self approach

At least 35% of people experience a mental illness like depression or anxiety throughout their lifetime. That means that you or someone you love needs resources to know how to feel better.  Many people have heard that “chemical imbalance” or genes can affect mental health, but most people don’t know that you can actually change your brain chemistry without medication! Your brain’s ability to change is called Neuroplasticity. 

People want to improve their lives, they just often don’t know where to start. I’m making this course  because this is fundamental information that I want all my clients to know. I teach simple daily habits that research has shown to work better than Prozac at treating depression or anxiety. Many of these changes take only minutes a day.

By the end of this course you’ll know 10 ways that you can change your brain’s chemistry, structure and function. You’ll learn how to prime your brain to be healthier and happier.  

You’ll learn:

  • what modern imaging technology has taught us about neuroplasticity-your brain’s ability to rewire itself

  • about using your body to regulate your brain

  • what nutrient deficiencies to look out for

  • how to resolve the “scarcity brain”

  • techniques for resolving stress

  • and more!   

And in my work as a therapist I’ve seen this information change lives, resolve depression and anxiety and help people be happier and healthier.   

 So if you or someone you loves experiences mental illness, or if you just want to know how to be happier, come join me!


Introduction and Diagnosis

Principle 1: Change How you Think

1: Change How you Think
Black and White Thinking
Change how you think: How to stop expecting the worst

Principle 2: Nutrition: Feeding your Brain

Principle 2: Nutrition: Feeding your Brain

Section 3: PhotoTherapy: Using Light to improve your energy

Light Therapy

Section 4: Exercise (Watch this segment even if you hate exercise!)

Principle 4: Exercise (Wait! Don't skip this even if you hate exercise)

Section 5: Gratitude

Section 5: Gratitude and the Abundant Brain

Section 6: Relaxation- Treating Anxiety, Stress, and Muscle Tension

Principle 6: Self Regulation
Self Regulation-part 2
Extra Video: Parasympathetic Nervous System
Extra Video: Perceived Danger
Resource: Diaphragmatic Breathing
Resource: The Yawn
Extra Video: Stress, Anxiety, and Worry

Section 7: Mindfulness- Learning how to be where you're at

7 Mindfulness

Principle 8: Sleep

Principle 8: Sleep-So Essential for your Brain!

Section 9: Journaling-Becoming a Student of Life

9 Journaling-Becoming a Student of Life

Section 10: Connection-Soothing our deep brain and creating a meaningful life

Principle 10: Connection
Bonus Video: Guided Imagery for Social Anxiety

Many people experience social anxiety, or stress in social situations. This video teaches 15 anxiety resolving techniques in about 15 minutes. Many of them stem from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, and CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


Course Summary

Bonus Section: Turning off the Fight, Flight or Freeze Response

Grounding #1

As essential skill to manage anxiety, resolve stress, and thereby treat exhaustion and depression is to learn how to "be grounded" these skills are basically a continuation of the self-regulation skills from earlier, they train you to turn on your parasympathetic nervous system, create a sense of calm and return your mind to a place of safety.

Grounding: Safe Place
Square Breathing
Powerful Posture
breath counting
square breathing
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