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How To Holistically Heal Your Brain With Dr. Brant Cortright

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Since 1950, rates of anxiety and depression have rapidly increased in the U.S. and around the globe, to the point that we now have a mental health crisis on our hands. Improvement in testing and diagnosis does not explain this increase. Rather, changes in our diet, environment, and lifestyle are believed to explain this rapid increase. 

Our brains are constantly changing (neuroplasticity) and growing (neurogenisis). Cutting-edge research shows us that the linkage between our brain and the “neurotoxic environment” we currently live in is leading to a weakened brain, causing us to experience heightened levels of anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. 

While there are many types of holistic medicine, when referring to mental health issues, the term addresses alternative therapies other than conventional medicine. The holistic approach often combines western medicine with alternative medicine complementary to form a mind/ body connection.

This week on the podcast, I’m speaking with Dr. Brant Cortright, clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies. In his recent book “Holistic Healing for Anxiety, Depression, and Cognitive Decline,” he discusses the link between our “neurotoxic environment” and our mental health. 

Most importantly, we have a deep conversation about how we all can begin to reverse these effects. You won’t want to miss this episode. Your brain will thank you! 

Learn more about Dr. Cortright at: https://www.brantcortright.com/  

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How to Protect Yourself from Burn-Out

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Today’s show is dedicated to the person on the edge of burnout. The person who is juggling work, family, household, friends, and other responsibilities. 

You are an asset in your life. You are THE asset in your life, and as an asset, you must be protected. 

When you serve such an important role in so many different areas of your life, you need to make sure you’re able to show up with as much energy as possible. And, this means taking care of yourself, especially with stress and burnout.

Coupled with Coronavirus, world health experts identified burnout syndrome among those who developed a flawed work/life balance. Mixing work environments with personal life (family members interacting throughout the day), many were feeling overwhelmed, showing signs of burnout with physical and emotional effects; the worst cases could even be viewed as a medical condition. While physical symptoms of burnout were rare, job burnout was not, and the chronic stress that accompanied it. Without social support, workers experiencing burnout had compromised mental health.

Today, we’re speaking with Jamie Shapiro, Executive Leadership Coach, and Master Nutritionist. Jamie is the founder of Connected EC, and she has been coaching and developing high-performing teams since 1998. Her interest in the intersection of wellness and leadership grew out of her own experiences as an executive at large-scale IT companies. She managed large teams, faced enormous pressure, and was often on the road. 

We dive into such a great conversation in this episode. We talk about: 

  • Approaching leadership from a whole-body perspective 
  • The 4 holistic areas that true self-care should hit (pssst! It’s not just mental and emotional!) 
  • The battle between our short-term self who wants instant gratification and our long-term self who wants to grow. 
  • The importance of a clear vision for the future & the cognitive mechanism that fuels our ability to reach them. 
  • The gut–brain connection 
  • And finally, quick tips for pouring into ourselves so we can show up as the asset we are in our lives 

Jamie is the author of the book “Brilliant: Be the Leader Who Shines Brightly Without Burning Out.”