Brain Balance: A Molecular Biologist Takes on Stress
About this Series
As we coordinate care for ourselves or others – especially during uncertain times, stress can be our greatest enemy. John Medina, PhD, affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, shares key research-backed strategies for powerfully dealing with stress; subject-specific experts give us practical ways to implement these tested methods in our everyday lives.

#1: Stress 101 - Healthy Stress vs Dangerous Stress
What is the difference between dangerous vs healthy stress? Walk through a three-step protocol for dealing with the dangerous type, inspired by the work of psychologist Martin Seligman, Jeansok Kim and David Diamond.
- Marden Nochez, MD, MBA | Management Consultant

#2: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Does Meditation Really Work?
Jon Kabat-Zinn designed a now well-researched method of mindfulness that when followed specifically has powerful outcomes.
- Sandy Powers | Author, Trainer, Coach

#3: Sleep - Tested Tools for Better Rest
The internet is littered with blogs explaining the best way to get sleep. But, how important is it really for stress? And, what do we actually know about getting better sleep?
- Benjamin Surmi, MsG | Social Gerontologist

#4: Gratitude - Evidence-Based Gratitude Techniques
Not just for greeting cards – Dr. Medina reviews evidence for gratitude practices researched by Martin Seligman. We’ll review with an author who intentionally practiced kindness for a year.
- Donna Cameron | Author, A Year of Living Kindly

#5: Fitness and Forest Bathing - In a Gym or Outside?
Everyone says exercise is important for stress. But, how helpful is it? What kind of exercise changes stress’ impact on the mind?
- Michael Stein-Ross | Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

#6: Friendships - More Important than Nutrition and Smoking?
Social interactions – whether in-person or virtual – do more for our health, longevity and stress management than most people realize. It may be more important than the way you eat and whether or not you smoke! Get the facts.
- Amy Schmidt | Networking Trainer, Publisher

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This Series has 6 Episodes
  • Control is the Bad Guy: Stress 101
    What is the difference between dangerous vs healthy stress? Walk through a three-step protocol for dealing with the dangerous type, inspired by the work of psychologist Martin Seligman, Jeansok Kim and David Diamond. After we watch a pre-recorded video message from Dr. Medina, our guest specialist, Marden Nochez, MD/MBA, will unpack practical steps for dealing with the root causes of dangerous stress. His consulting and coaching experience with 500+ organizations and entrepreneurs give him unique perspective in bringing balance to life.
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  • Turn the Volume Down: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
    Jon Kabat-Zinn designed a now well-researched method of mindfulness that when followed specifically has powerful outcomes. After we watch a pre-recorded video message from Dr. Medina, our guest specialist, Sandy Powers, will give us insights from her professional experience in mindfulness coaching.
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  • Sleep: Tested Tools for Better Rest
    The internet is littered with blogs explaining the best way to get sleep. But, how important is it really for stress? And, what do we actually know about getting better sleep? After we watch a pre-recorded video message from Dr. Medina, our guest specialist, Benjamin Surmi, MsG, Social Gerontologist, will do a whirlwind roundup of current knowledge on sleep from a variety of experts.
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  • Gratitude: Evidence-Based Gratitude Techniques
    Not just for greeting cards – Dr. Medina reviews evidence for gratitude practices researched by Martin Seligman. We’ll review with an author who intentionally practiced kindness for a year. After we watch a pre-recorded video message from Dr. Medina, our guest specialist, Donna Cameron, shares about her experiment of intentionally living kindly for a year. Her powerful experience became a book, A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You. She'll get very specific with gratitude practices she explored.
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  • Fitness and Forest Bathing: In a Gym or Outside?
    Everyone says exercise is important for stress. But, how helpful is it? What kind of exercise changes stress’ impact on the mind? After we watch a pre-recorded video message from Dr. Medina, our guest specialist, Michael Stein-Ross, will help us discover forest bathing. What is it? Why is it becoming so popular? Michael has led hundreds of people in discovering nature in fresh ways. As a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, he brings a unique perspective to integrating nature-based fitness into daily life.
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  • Friendships: More Important than Nutrition and Not Smoking?
    Social interactions – whether in-person or virtual – do more for our health, longevity and stress management than most people realize. It may be more important than the way you eat and whether or not you smoke! Get the facts. After we watch a pre-recorded video message from Dr. Medina, our guest specialist, Amy Schmidt, explores often unasked questions about what integrating more socialization into our life might really look like. A sought-after trainer and mentor to professionals seeking to grow their networking skills, Amy's principles have helped many people develop interpersonal skills that help them at home and at work.
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