How Do You Manage Stress In Your Life? Los Angeles Neurofeedback Trainer Sara writes about her experience with NeurOptimal neurofeedback training and how it has helped her cope with stress. There may be a reason why Los Angeles Bulletproof executive Dave Asprey describes NeurOptimal as the "ultimate biohack". Learn how NeurOptimal works and options to train as well as tips on managing stress.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is used by athletes for peak-performance and musicians and those who just want to enhance their brain function. The system we use at Neurofeedback Training Co. is called NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback. It's a cutting-edge EEG technology, that is a completely non-invasive neurofeeedback training optimize your wellbeing! For example, Dave Asprey AKA The Bulletproof Executive in Los Angeles, describes NeurOptimal as the ultimate "biohack" - a tool for maximum human performance". Listen To His Bulletproof Podcast With Valdeane Brown, Co-Founder Of NeurOptimal.
My Experience with NeurOptimal
The most effective tool in managing my stress has been training my brain with the NeurOptimal neurofeedback system (so much so, that I decided to switch careers and become a trainer myself!). Here's my experience:
"When I first started with neurofeedback training, it was hard to pin-point if it was the training or just me being ultra-relaxed – crowds in the New York subway and work deadlines didn't bother me as much. But after completing around 8 sessions at the clinic in NYC, I left to visit my home country in Sweden and noticed a big shift; I was feeling relaxed, feeling alert and awake in spite of suffering from jetlag. But the most noticable change was switching language from Swedish to English was seamless. I knew then that the training was working. I continued the training consistently for a year (training twice per month) - this was before I knew you could rent a home system. During this time my overall wellness increased significantly. I noticed I became more aware in the moment, feeling more calm, improved mood, feeling rested even if not much sleep and I didn't get as frequent colds. Now I train about once per month. Since I have access to the training I now know when I need it.".
Why Train Your Brain with NeurOptimal?
NeurOptimal neurofeedback training simply gets the information (or feedback) the brain needs to organize itself. It allows the brain to release patterns that can get in the way of it functioning well. If you're feeling "off" ask yourself what stands in the way of you being or achieving what you would like in your life. If feeling a lot of stress in you life, how do you cope with stress. How can your life be more calm, relaxing? It’s possible your brain could use some hurdle help and NeurOptimal neurofeedback offers just that. If you're a computer geek, you'll appreciate this anology; Using NeurOptimal® is like having a “defrag” of your hard drive.
Your next question may be, is it safe? Can kids train? Yes, NeurOptimal neurofeedback training is completely non-invasive and adults to kids (as long as they can sit still for 33 minutes) benefit from the training. Why? Read the comparison NeurOptimal dynamic neurofeedback vs. protocol neurofeedback systems below.
What makes NeurOptimal Different
There are 7 fundamental differences between NeurOptimal, (the first dynamical neurofeedback system) vs. protocol-based neurofeedback systems:
- No diagnosis. The training is for everyone! You shouldn’t need something to be wrong with you to train your brain! (Protocol neurofeedback systems rely heavily on a diagnosis or a condition)
- It's a training, not treatment; absolutely no protocols (brain mapping, EEG map). It's the same effective training for everyone but it responds to each individual in a natural way. (Protocol neurofeedback systems: Your diagnoses may require contradictory protocols; your practitioner must get choice right.)
- No check of signal integrity needed because NeurOptimal recognizes and automatically removes unwanted signal. (Protocol neurofeedback systems: You'll need an expert and a careful hookup of sensors)
- No monitoring needed. AutoNavigation takes care of everything. So easy to use that the training can be done at home. (Protocol neurofeedback systems: Careful monitoring of session while it is occurring; may need to move the sensors, parameters may need to be changed)
- Does not tell the brain what to do. (Protocol neurofeedback systems: Use of augment frequencies and suppress frequencies, instructing the brain what to do. If practitioner makes wrong decision, effects can be very unpleasant.)
- Offers feedback on 20 different “targets” at once, naturally balance each other. (Protocol neurofeedback systems: limited frequency bands).
- No states are trained (Protocol neurofeedback systems: Training is state based. Excess training in any state can lead to unwanted side effects.
Not only is the neurofeedback training with the NeurOptimal system affordable in comparison to others, but in it's simplicity, it’s more holistic since your brain is effectively communicating with itself and making its own changes.
The training also doesn't require any conscious effort from the trainee – one can sleep, read, talk, "zone-out" – It still works! It's effortless training. This is in particular helpful for children and teens. Watch also this explanatory video on how a NeurOptimal session works and looks like.
This portable neurofeeback device was designed to be available to everyone, not bound to a medical facility. It's so easy to use that it can also be used at home, this is in particular helpful for families who are training together.
Besides healthy eating and keeping a good sleep hygiene, here are some tips that can further help with managing stress. Please feel free to comment below what tools you find helpful in your wellness!
Change your focus. If you have a flare-up in bodily discomfort and pain, or have excessive thoughts of worry or fear, place your attention on any specific non-painful part of the body (foot, hand, etc.) and change the sensation in that part of the body it will take the mind away from focusing on the source of your pain and worrying thoughts. For example, imagine your hand warming up, spreading. This will take the mind away from focusing on the source of your pain. Read more pain management tools here
Stay active. If going to the gym is not possible and can trigger more pain, go for "nature walks" to a nearby park or in your neighborhood, 20 minutes in the morning or before bed. Walking not only keeps your muscles active but it also relieves stress and can improve sleep. Read our ebook on how change your sleep habits
Do a body scan. The body scan alternates between a wide and narrow focus of attention; from focusing on your little toe all the way through the entire body. The body scan trains your mind to be able to move from detailed attention to a wider and more spacious awareness from one moment to the next. By getting into a habit of checking in with your body, one will not push yourself into those triggers that causes stress. Gradually you'll know when to take a break, whether that is on the bus or while watching TV.
Learn to meditate. By training ones mind in mindfulness-awareness, one becomes more aware of how you feel before the pain flares up. The great Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote that meditation is “a means of working with oneself and the phenomenal world.” It is an essential tool to achieve liberation from all suffering, but it also helps with the specific suffering of physical pain. If sitting in a cushion is impossible, try sitting in a chair. Click here for a basic meditation technique.
Last but not least, try neurofeedback training. Help your brain optimize its functioning around stress, and the pain response, including easing the fear around it. Here are your training options. See also this blog post:
Sara provides NeurOptimal sessions in Pasadena . She's the Rental Manager for the California and Northwest Region. She helps clients get the training at home from San Diego, Portland to Seattle and British Columbia, Canada. Sara has been a neurofeedback trainer since 2015 and started with NeurOptimal sessions in 2011. Not sure what training option is best for you? Schedule a 15 min. free phone consultation: