How to Stay Calm During an Extended Crisis – Antipodes Talk #3

Here’s some things you can do, at home, to remove some of the stress and uncertainty from your day to day.

This won’t change external things, but it will help your internal state of mind, which means you’ll be better able to handle the world at large.

Any thoughts, comments, questions, suggestions, let me know below!

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Judy March 31, 2020

Great tips Jonathan. I’m already doing the first technique but not the second. I’ll give it a try.

Melody Scherubel March 31, 2020

Thank you. Very good explanation.

How about something for the beleaguered health care workers?

Thank you very much again

Bryan March 31, 2020

Thanks for your video on How to stay calm during an extended crisis. Going back to early 2017 and having read your book and used your trigger point course I’ve always appreciated what a wonderful job you’ve done explaining how the mind and body work and have found it really helps to make sense of things. Great job!

Jean March 31, 2020

This was an excellent explanation, thank you. I have used practices of journaling and positive visualization for years and they are wonderfully effective during the day. Could you speak about why they seem to be less effective during the dream state, or during sleep? All the work of the daytime is lost at night. Thank you. I think what you are doing with these talks is very good medicine for many many people.

    Jonathan April 1, 2020

    Hi Jean
    My understanding is that dreaming often is your subconscious continuing to work on problems, questions and new skills that your day has produced for you.
    So, if you practice visualization & journalling, this will activate specific pathways in your mind. When you go into dream sleep, your subconscious will ‘pick up the baton’ and continue the work you started in the day.
    If you do something else, your subconscious will work on that.
    So my reading strongly suggests that what happens in dream sleep will augment what you do in the day.

Claire April 1, 2020

Perfect Jonathan! I guess I am already doing this. I practice hypothetical & practical thoughts, & that in itself helps rationalize things. I also practice gratitudes which in the current climate are SO important & helps find the really small stuff to be grateful for. Also accepting there are things I don’t have control over & worrying won’t help. My parents & I have had discussions about CV19 in our city. There are not lots of cases, so if we use common sense but take the steps as advised by the government, eg keeping a safe distance from people & washing hands, then we have agreed that there are some things we are willing to risk (going food shopping for instance) & as you say, things suddenly don’t seem as bad anymore.

Anne-Marie April 2, 2020

Thank you so much Jonathan. I’m going to take out my 2 pieces of paper now and try this! Wonderful explanation of the amygdala and hippocampus interaction. Had no idea this happened.

Hugues Druart April 5, 2020

Thanks Jonathan for this wonderful explanation.
I was already journaling on “what I’m thinking now…” as advised in your book. I will now add this technique to my journal for stressfull periods.
Have a good day!

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