A Calm Brain: How to Relax into a Stress-Free, High-Powered Life

A Calm Brain: How to Relax into a Stress-Free, High-Powered Life

by Gayatri Devi

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A successful life doesn’t mean you have to experience chronic stress. Now, Dr. Gayatri Devi shows in A Calm Brain how you can cultivate an optimal mental and physical state of focused peaceful awareness by tapping into your body’s hard-wired natural relaxation system.

Our ancestors used the fight-or-flight mechanism to protect themselves from predators. We use it to fend off daily crises. In a world filled with too many toys, too much technology, and too many choices—how can we possibly keep up? Our bodies have been trained to react to the beeps and alarms of all our different technologies, be it the ever present cell phone, an angry text message, or a frantic voicemail. The result is chronic stress and a learned inability to relax.

With a warm, lucid voice, Dr. Devi shares stories from her medical practice of ordinary people—suffering from migraines, neck pain, gastrointestinal upsets, and sleep deprivation— trying to work through life’s difficulties. With practical advice she shows just how to promote a higher “vagal tone,” and delivers the best news yet: you don’t need more drugs. Here are the keys to more tranquil, productive, and enjoyable life.

Dr. Devi explores a paradigm shift in our understanding of the brain’s relaxation mechanisms. It is hard for our brains to talk our bodies into feeling calm, but our bodies have strong wiring that makes true enduring calm possible. The body does this through the vagus nerve, a powerful conduit that taps directly into our brain’s built-in relaxation system. This revolutionary science can transform your work life and your home life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101585542
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/14/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 105,389
File size: 333 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Gayatri Devi is a neurologist and the director of the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services. A clinical associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine, she is the president of the not-for-profit National Council on Women’s Health. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Grandfather's Secret 1

1 The Un-Calm, Modern Brain 11

2 The Core Brain, Architect of Calm 39

3 Getting to Calm from the Bottom Up 55

4 Why Ever Stress? 77

5 Top-Down Judgment 101

6 Gatekeepers 131

7 The Mother of All Calm 151

8 The Stress of the Two XX's 179

9 Calm Parenting Is Possible! 203

10 Weaving a Tapestry of Calm 221

References and Suggested Additional Reading 245

Index 263

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