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Neuroscience

Power of breath

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, April 29 2021

In this article we will go through a brief history and background to breathing techniques and their application in biofeedback and stress management. We will then present some recent data on our approach to breathing biofeedback Breathing practices have been an integral part of wellness practices for generations. While eastern traditions on meditat...

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Meditation - Bringing back clarity

Faidra Papanikolaou, April 21 2021

“A life experienced only through the mind and its stories is like a black and white picture of a beautiful sunset” (Doyle, 2014, p. 11) Humans seem constantly lost in their thoughts, listening and believing daunting stories about the future, or experiencing guilt about their past. Being in the present moment does not seem as important as paying att...

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Neuroscience

Biofeedback - Listen to your body

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, April 7 2021

How many times have we heard this golden advice: “listen to your heart” or this one “listen to your gut” Everyday we listen to our own body to navigate through our highly complex psychosocial and physical world. Our daily decisions and actions depend on us judging a variety of external factors and how they affect us. We do this constantly by deciph...

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Psychology

Interoception and stress

Faidra Papanikolaou, February 23 2021

This short article aims to describe how awareness of our bodies influences our stress response and how a lack of body awareness may increase the risk of  “unconscious” stress, which can be the source of mental and physical health problems. At the end of the article, you can find a questionnaire to learn about your perceived stress levels and your b...

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Neuroscience

How stress hampers our cognitive abilities

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, January 29 2021

Exposure to chronic stress induces structural and functional changes in multiple regions of the brain that are important for motivation, memory/learning, decision-making,  goal-directed behaviour and emotions. These brain regions include limbic structures, involved in regulating our emotions and memory, such as amygdala, hippocampus, stria termina...

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How does stress affect our immune system?

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, January 21 2021

Chronic stress causes far reaching deleterious effects in our immunity. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress impairs the communication between our immunity and systems involved in regulating our stress response. (American Psychological Association et al., 2018; Morey et al., 2015; Segerstrom & Miller, 2004).

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Neuroscience

What is stress and when does it become chronic?

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, January 14 2021

We all want to reduce the negative impact of stress from our daily lives, but we cannot do this without first a clear understanding of what is our stress, and when does it get unhelpful. So in this blog post, we will dive into the “taxonomy” of stress, and differentiate a potentially useful stress response from chronic stress, to later in our posts...

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The global epidemic of stress and anxiety

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, January 8 2021

Have you been experiencing stress that sometimes doesn’t seem to just go away? Do you worry that this could transform into a persistent health issue? We hope that you did not answer yes to these questions, but if you did, you are not alone. Changing lifestyles, work-environments and global changes in recent times, with one particular change that we...

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Neuroscience

Touch can tap into our social and emotional well-being

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, November 13 2020

The link between oxytocin, CT afferent fibers and our wellbeing Oxytocin is a hormone that has wide-reaching importance in regulating our social well-being and mental wellness. Oxytocin is a type of neuropeptide, which is a signalling molecule in our nervous system. Oxytocin is released to several regions that are important in the regulation of soc...

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Neuroscience

Touch can bind us together

Yagmur Idil Ozdemir, November 6 2020

Findings that extend from neuroscience to developmental psychology support that CT-fibers are the most likely conductor of touch’s regulatory effects in our social well-being. The importance of touch in our social connections is well established and has been studied by numerous researchers within psychology and neuroscience. In developmental psycho...

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