Our stress reduction training programs are developed from neuroscience of the social / emotional brain, and biology integrated with cognition and behavior.
The companion app provides a simple daily tool for users to control stress as it happens. This is the future of wellness using personal biology and biography data in REAL TIME.
We call it H.U.M.A.N. or How to Use My Anxiety Now.
HUMAN programs help to lower stress in your ‘Multidimensional Life’, at home, work, in relationships, with illness or life change.
From daily frustrations to serious physical symptoms chronic stress creates inflammation in multiple systems: Cardio, Digestive, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Diabetes, Obesity, Pain, Reproductive and more.
Stress reactions are part of experiential learning. Our products help you step into stress as it occurs in ‘real time’ and experiment in daily settings.
The Biology of felt and sensed physical signals and emotions. Brain Functions based on Hormonal change, Circadian Rhythms, HPA axis (Hypothalamus, Adrenal, Pituitary). Your Biography which reveals cause and effect of stress reactions to help “make sense” of your response as a basis for change. You can’t create change from, “I don’t know, fear, anger, or overwhelmed”. A Personal Stress Scale helps measure and record reactions at all levels 0 -10 to begin the process of change.
Experiences with anxiety and pleasure are embedded in your brain as memories which is the database for each your personal stress reduction program. Stress causes hormones and behavioral patterns to change throughout the day, week, month... When you can use the experience of stress in real time in a productive way you can make changes in reactions to stress and create permanent resolutions more easily. Take 1 minute now to learn about how stress functions.
n a stressful experience hormones, including Cortisol increase and can produce anxiety reactions. At low levels of stress the hormones associated with wellbeing, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Dopamine, are higher. Hormones increase and decrease with stress experiences throughout the day.
With continuous unresolved stress throughout the day, week, month the brain produces an overload of Cortisol and other stimulant hormones including Epinephrine, Norepinephrine and more. This is the cause of chronic stress and inflammation in multiple systems.
The HPA, Hypothalamus, Pituitary Adrenal axis is a superhighway sending signals through the body so reactions happen quickly. Living in a chronic stress state leads to systemic inflammation, such as: heart disease, digestive disorders, high blood pressure, breathing difficulties, headaches and other common problems with sleep, eating and emotional control.
Living with chronic stress has been shown to create physical changes in the brain, neuronal dendrites may shrink. Other areas including gray matter change in size or density and effect your ability to react effectively to stress. With new experiential learning dendrites can come back through a process called neurogenesis.
The good news is that stress and anxiety can be modified due to the brain’s ability to continuously change and adapt in the environment. This is known as neuroplasticity.
Your brain is just doing the job of using past stress experiences to direct the reactions you have with current stress. Whether you react to stress with moderate or high stress or anxiety depends on your previous experiences and factors of the current environment. Neuroplasiticy is also the way the brain creates new reactions to stress over time.
All of this works within time on a schedule referred to as Circadian rhythms. Throughout 24 hours process hormones in the body through digestion, sleep, waking, appetite, and movement. With chronic stress these processes are deregulated and cause disturbing symptoms in critical areas.
During sleep the brain consolidates experiences from the day. Two fluids, interstitial and cerebrospinal fluid wash the brain to open up space for new experiences to be stored. Humans store and learn from experiences during sleep.
HUMAN Stress Reduction Programs will teach you how to use these systems to manage stress so that the amount of stress hormones – the Allostatic load – does not stay at the chronic stress level.
The Daily Check Ins help you step into these neuro -biology systems in real time experiential learning to learn personal cause and effect of stress reactions and create new proactive adaptations to stress.
When you step into stress at moderate levels you can develop prediction and prevention of higher levels and chronic reactivity.
By using the Check In to interrupt stress at all levels at various key times throughout the day you will experiment with practical ways to eliminate higher levels of stress. It takes approximately 1 minute, four times a day to complete a check in and recognize themes and patterns used for managing stress.
Prepare for Stress and H.U.M.A.N. were developed as part of a method called Adaptive Behavioral Health. This method of applied neuroscience was created by Sara Denning, Ph.D. in 2010 - 2012 and developed by a core group consisting of medical, social work, epidemiology, public health professionals and neuroscience researchers.
The biological and behavioral research used in the stress reduction training programs was not available until neuroimaging of a living brain was developed and the natural processing of changes in the brain due to stress was understood.
The program is configured to engage patients as advocates and representatives. Patient advocates can coach other users with training and use of the app. Patient representatives help connect the product to users though organizations and events related to specific chronic stress related illnesses.
The programs can all be used with fitness monitors which monitor symptomatic or situational data but as Dr. Denning clearly states:
“To resolve stress and not just relieve stress people need to understand cause to build a solid platform for change. Users already know their biography and biology so that the program can help them change stress related behaviors in 6 – 8 weeks instead of years. Users become their own coach as they learn a natural process of stress resolution.”