Ways to Keep your Brain Regulated and Reduce Stress

Posted by Natalie Baker, LMHC on Apr 28, 2016

Keep your Central Nervous System (CNS) separate from the dys-regulation around you — whether it’s an anxious aunt or a parent who knows how to say just the right thing to trigger you, remind yourself that your CNS/brain is entitled to stay regulated and calm. It’s yours and you can protect it.


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    Take space — a great way to help your CNS stay separate from others' is to get up and move. Go to the bathroom, take a short walk, volunteer to do the dishes! When your CNS experiences room to breath, it willcalm down.

  2. Stay in touch with your body — we get angry, fearful or worry when we lose track of our felt experience then get triggered and believe the triggered feelings are meaningful about the here-and-now (they’re not; they’re old). Breathing deeply is a good way to stay in touch with feelings and help calm us. Cold compress on the back of the neck is good calming tool.

  3. Focus on the people you enjoy — our brains want to focus on the people whom it considers dangerous or that need to be 'monitored' This habit will just lead to the same old bad feelings. Encourage yourself to focus on relating with the people who are open, cheerful, or kind. That may mean you’re on the floor playing with the kids for an hour! The other option is to focus on mutually enjoyable subjects and get up and excuse yourself when difficult topics are brought up.

  4. Come in for a tune-up neurofeedback session or rent a neurofeedback for home use — neurofeedback training is a great antidote to the stressors. Neurofeedback helps your central nervous system stay open, calm and out of those fight/flight/freeze feelings: anger, worry, and hopelessness. Learn all you need to know about home neurofeedback in this article.


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Neurofeedback at Home - How to Start With NeurOptimal® Brain Training

Teen neurofeedback session-1Is it possible to do neurofeedback at home?

Yes. The latest generation called Dynamical neurofeedback, which is fully automated and uses real-time data to provide feedback, does not require setting protocols and, therefore, is appropriate for home use. It is designed to be used by clinicians and directly by consumers. Currently the only Dynamical system is NeurOptimal®.

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NeurOptimal® neurofeedback, was designed with a unique technology called AutoNav. AutoNav allows for each session to be uniquely designed to give feedback to the client based on the dysfunction shown in the EEG output of the brain in real-time. AutoNav does not require the user to set any protocols; the system software calculates when to give feedback so running successful sessions every time at home or in an office is possible.

Is neurofeedback at home efficient?

As we learned during the COVID pandemic, appointments we can do from home are more efficient, and those include neurofeedback sessions. Neurofeedback at home is not efficient, though, if we don’t make the time to run sessions! Setting a schedule like you would if you had an office appointment is a good strategy. Home neurofeedback is also not efficient if you are training on an inferior product that is not designed to create the specific long-term improvements.

 Brain training in general is most successful when the gains from neurofeedback are supported by lifestyle changes that are good for brain health. Often the home guidance includes discussing changes to diet, sleep and exercise that can augment the training. A skilled neurofeedback trainer will wait until there are some gains from the neurofeedback, such as greater calm and ability to organize and focus, before discussing tweaks to lifestyle.

How can I get started with neurofeedback?


If not close to any of our neurofeedback clinics in New York, Los Angeles or Denver, renting your own home neurofeedback system is the number one choice. This is especially true for families and partners who want to train together. It's also the most cost-effective neurofeedback option. Depending on what monthly plan you choose, the cost of a neurofeedback session at home can be as low as your insurance co-pay. See this page to learn more about the cost and how to get started.

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ABOUT AUTHORNFT-NYC-neurofeedback-trainer-natalie-neuroptimal-advanced-trainer-1

Natalie N. Baker, LMHC, is the founder of Neurofeedack Training Co. and certified Advanced NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback trainer. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and has been working as a psychotherapist since 1999. As a practicing Buddhist since 1991 and a meditation teacher since 1998, Natalie combines her Western and Eastern approaches to bring a broader perspective to mental health and wellness. In 2010 she added neurofeedback therapy to her practice as additional support for optimizing wellness.

Expertise: Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback & NeurOptimal Trainer Representative. 

Location: New York City, 32 Union Square, E1017, NY 10003
Email: natalie@neurofeedbacktraining.com
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