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Now until Xmas – most stressed out time of the year!

Do you spend now until Christmas filled with holiday stress ? (overwhelmed with tension & anxiety)  As so many do, December has become known as the Stress-Free Family Holidays Month!    Signs of Stress

Causes of Holiday Stress

  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Money & bills
  • Family
  • Socializing
  • Hosting Holiday Events
  • Being Alone

Ways you can keep stress healthy

  • Check in to define what your longing for over the holiday (family, connection, community, giving)
  • Plan out how to achieve what you long for (set your intention)
  • Commit to checking in to ask yourself if you are meeting your goals or going off track
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthier during events  
  • Sleep more 
  • Relax more 
  • Schedule in ‘you’ time
  • Find an empathy buddy outside of your work and family for the season!  Someone you can talk out your tension with who will not increase your stress and will help you to remember what’s important
  • Meditate
  • Walk a ‘labyrinth’

Read Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015


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The Influence of Posture

A great video on expressions of power and dominance

Intouch with Empathy and the Brain: Amygdale, Hippocampus, Prefrontal Cortex


Amygdalus – Implicit Memory:

  • present at birth
  • includes emotional, behavioral, perceptual and possibly body memory
  • no sense of recollection (time) present when memories recalled
  • conscious attention is not required for encoding
  • does not involve the hippo-campus

Hippo-campus – Explicit Memory:

  • requires conscious attention
  • includes semantic(factual) and episodic(autobiographical) memory
  • develops during the second year of life and beyond
  • sense of recollection present when recalled
  • if autobiographical, a sense of self and time and present
  • if autobiographical, also involves the prefrontal cortex

Prefrontal Cortex

  • regulation of body systems
  • attuning to others
  • balancing emotions
  • modulating fear
  • responding flexibly
  • exhibiting insight and empathy
  • paying attention to the body’s wisdom
  • morality

When we are triggered beyond our window of tolerance our pre-frontal cortex function stops and we are left in responses of fight or flight.  If our reactions shifts into freeze, our brain response has moved from the area of the amygdala and into the hippo-campus with no sense of time and into helplessness.

I have come to understand empathy is an effective tool to balance out the responses of hippo-campus and amygdala.  Empathy allows one to recover and  calms ones prefrontal cortex.  As empathy develops it increases connections back and forth between our right and left brains therefore increasing ones windows of tolerance.  I have also heard that empathy may have a direct link in the amygdala’s ability to accelerate the vagus nerve.

This goes beyond simply a reaction and includes the activation of our  parasympathetic system through the vagus nerve.  See diagram below to get an idea of the areas that become aroused as when we are stimulated.

These reactions includes our motor control.  As we surpass our window of tolerance we begin to lose our fine motor control.  We begin to lose our ability for tracking,  to focus and mind-fully integrate. This involves our ability for self connection, to feel safe, grounded and to be present in the now.

There are  theories to suggest the Amygdala is the accelerator through the 3 channels of the vagus nerve that controls our fight, flight and freeze experience and the quickest tool to connect to the Amygdala is through empathy.

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InTouch with the Brain – Physical Responses to Stress



Comfortable social engagements:

  • Responsive face, heart rate and blood pressure
  • Flexible body
  • Curious, interested, passionate and calm
  • Feelings of safety and demonstrates comfortableness

Uncomfortable social situations:


Fight or Flight 

  • Partly frozen, angry or scared facial expression
  • Fast heart rate and high blood pressure
  • Tense body
  • Fear and anger
  • High alert for danger

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  • Frozen face
  • Slow heart rate
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Hopelessness, shame and confusion
  • Numb
  • Shut-down

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