4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety RIGHT NOW! | Daniel and Tana Amen

4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety RIGHT NOW! | Daniel and Tana Amen


>>Dr. Amen: Hi. We’re so glad you’re with
us. What we’re going to talk today is what stress looks like in your life. Now, I often
look at her and go, ‘That’s what stress looks like.’
>>Tana: Okay, for real. So, we often say doctors tell you what to do but nurses show you how
to do it. So that’s what we’re going to do today. We’re going to tell you what stress
looks like and we’re going to give you some very practical strategies to fight it.
>>Dr. Amen: So, stress is actually one of the greatest killers in our society. It’s
estimated that 30% of people who go see their primary care physician are actually there
for result of stress.>>Tana: Absolutely.
>>Dr. Amen: So, could be headaches or tummy aches or in my situation I got tension in
the back of my neck or I have trouble sleeping.>>Tana: Right, but almost every disease including
cancer, diabetes, heart disease, almost every disease that we know of is made worse or aggravated
by unmanaged stress. Now, let’s be clear. Stress, you can’t avoid stress but do you
have the right strategies to manage it and make it so it’s not aggravating you because
it decreases your immunity dramatically.>>Dr. Amen: Well, an exposure to stress hormones
is associated with depression and Cortisol – one of the stress hormones, actually put
fat on your belly and has been shown to kill cells in the memory centers of your brain.
So I remember a period of time, I went through grief it’s like I had brain fog. I mean,
I just couldn’t remember things. One of the most exciting things is that same area,
it’s called the hippocampus on the inside of your temporal lobes that affects shrivels
and dies you can’t remember anything, but it also has stem cells in that specific area
of the brain so that by counteracting stress, you can make it bigger and fatter and think
in a more healthy way.>>Tana: Now, help me out with this because
a lot of people think of depression as just being very sad and they think of anxiety as
being very upset and uptight but in fact, they’re very closely related. Now, I suffered
from depression for a while after I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 23 and I tell you …
>>Dr. Amen: And they took your thyroid away.>>Tana: They took my thyroid away. So sometimes
it’s related to medical issues and you want to know that. Tip #1: Get your important numbers
checked because sometimes it’s connected. You will actually feel physical symptoms connected
to, or psychological symptoms connected to your numbers being out of whack.
>>Dr. Amen: So let’s just talk about that a little bit so that you know what we mean.
I mean, we talk about that in our courses but it’s really important to know what your
CBC is like, your Complete Blood Count because if your red blood cells are low, people are
anemic and they feel stressed, they feel anxious.>>Tana: And women are very prone to that.
>>Dr. Amen: And if your thyroid is high or if it’s low, you can feel anxious, stressed
or depressed. So, that’s also really critical. Something called C – reactive protein which
is a measure of inflammation and when inflammation goes up in your body, brain function goes
down and you can feel really stressed and upset.
>>Tana: Well, and B-vitamins. So simple but so many things deplete them so you have to
know that. But the point I wanted to make is that, so with me it was thyroid but it
was also psychological after being diagnosed with cancer and having to drop out of school,
you know, it was that combination of the physical and the psychological and it sent me into
this deep depression along with anxiety and I didn’t really understand what was happening.
So that spinning on thoughts, not being able to sleep at all, all night long, you know
having GI upset. So, these are some of the symptoms that you might feel – headaches,
fatigue, that wired tired feeling and feeling so upset like it’s so painful. Sometimes
you feel like, ‘God, I just can’t get out of my skin.’ It’s just awful. It’s
a terrible, terrible feeling and you want to know and pay attention and recognize when
those things are happening.>>Dr. Amen: Or you might have an ANT attack.
You know from our work we talk about Automatic Negative Thoughts – the thoughts that come
into your mind automatically and ruin your day. So it’s just negative thought, negative
thought. You’re predicting the worse. You’re focusing on the negative and, you know, I
often think of it sometimes like a little mouse on an exercise wheel and the mouse can’t
get off. So it begin to spin on these negative thoughts and then virtually everywhere you
look, something’s not right, something’s wrong, something is making you afraid.
>>Tana: Now, there’s no question you need to see someone get this assessed. Oftentimes,
you need some professional help but what’s really exciting is that, in addition to that
professional help that you may need, you can either be making this worse or making this
better every single day because everything you put on the end of your fork matters and
exercise makes a radical, radical difference in managing stress and depression. So, for
anxiety, there’s like nothing better than exercise and also the food you eat make incredible
difference. So if you’re eating a lot of sugar, it’s going to make anxiety and stress
much more aggravated. If you have food allergies …
>>Dr. Amen: But better initially. So, what a lot of people don’t know is they end up
getting hooked on bread, pasta, potatoes, ice cream because in the short run it raises
serotonin and makes you feel good. The problem is in the long run you become fat and unhappy
and you actually become addicted to these foods. So, getting your nutrition right as
Tana is talking about is critical.>>Tana: So let’s give them four practical
tips to take away, right now, things that will make them feel immediately better. So,
tip #1 …>>Dr. Amen: So, #1 is Kill the Ants or the
automatic negative thoughts that come into your mind and ruin your day. So what you do
is whenever you feel sad, mad, nervous, or out of control, write down what you’re thinking.
Start keeping a journal and then ask yourself if the thought is true. Can you absolutely
know that it’s true?>>Tana: Right. Now, I really like to add to
this one because it’s so powerful. I love this. When you focus on gratitude, it literally
changes your brain chemistry. We have before and after scans that show when someone, same
person focusing on gratitude versus focusing on anger and hate, and the brain looks completely
different. So after you write down the thoughts …
>>Dr. Amen: So that’s number 2. So, where you bring your attention determines how you
feel. So, if you focus on that negative thing, you’re going to feel negative and stressed.
If you focus on what you’re grateful for or what I really like, focus on who you appreciate
and actually tell them, it completely changes the chemistry in your body.
>>Tana: So, in addition to writing down your negative thoughts, write down a few things
that you’re really grateful for or people that you’re really grateful for.
>>Dr. Amen: And then let them know that you appreciate them like I appreciate you. So,
#3 is exercise.>>Tana: So, what I love about exercise is
that it’s one of the few things that actually increases both dopamine and serotonin. So
that’s exciting because it helps …>>Dr. Amen: So it helps you focus, gives you
motivation and energy and it decreases your worry. I mean,what a great intervention.
>>Tana: Right. And here’s the thing. I hear so often, ‘I don’t have time to exercise.’
‘I don’t have an hour every day.’ That’s just an excuse not to do something that you
know works. I don’t care if you get up and you go for a 20-minute brisk walk or you just
go for a 10-minute sprint. Okay. It’s anything you do is better than not doing it at all
and it’s going to make you feel so much better.
>>Dr. Amen: And what’s number four?>>Tana: Number four are just some quick nutritional
tips. So we talk about not eating sugar. What we want you to do is focus on smart carbohydrates
because they do help to boost serotonin but we don’t want you getting diabetic and obese
in the mean time. So things like sweet potatoes are really helpful or some quinoa, you know,
maybe some banana with, you know, on a coconut wrap with some almond butter. Those things
are going to still help to boost the serotonin, they’re going to calm you down, make you
feel really great but they’re not going to make you sick in the process.
>>Dr. Amen: Well, and one other thing that’s really important with that, if people eat
like you teach them to eat, their blood sugar will become stable and they will feel so much
better. When your blood sugar drops low, you feel anxious, nervous and panicky. So, diet
and mood totally go together. So, kill the ANTs, focus on what you’re grateful for
and appreciate the people in your life, exercise and make sure you get your diet right.
>>Tana: So, one more thing. We have a gift for you so make sure you subscribe to our
newsletter and we have an MP3 download that will help you calm your anxiety.
>>Dr. Amen: Stay with us.

56 comments on “4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety RIGHT NOW! | Daniel and Tana Amen

  1. pursuing222 Post author

    Appreciate these tips! I've been amazingly stressed lately because of some health issues and I've also been gaining a lot of weight, which is very abnormal considering I've always had a high metabolism. I will take these to heart! Also, subscribed!! 🙂

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  2. Casper Insight Post author

    luv yr ez and quick tips!
    stress sucks indeed ~ tension/insomnia/tummy troubles

    high cortisol kills memory centers…brain fog…anxiety and grief, stressed and depressed…. good 2 know!
    focus-excercise
    anxiety-exercise
    stress-exercise
    depressed-exercise
    practise gratitude-changes brain chemistry…works 4 me!
    smart carbs-sweet potatoes/quinoa/stable blood sugar…..

    low blood sugar = anxiety/nervous/panic…diet + mood

     ~ Thx 4 the reminders

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  3. tonelocrian Post author

    Thanks – we love you two 🙂 !!!!

    Recap:  1) Kill the Automatic Negative Thoughts – that reoccur – focus on Gratitude
                  2) Focus on what you're grateful for – & who you're grateful for. 
                  3) Exercise – fun physical activity – anything that moves you – literally
                  4) Conscious nutrition – eat SMART !!!!  – thank you !  PLUS > 5) MEDITATE DAILY !

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  4. Saber Sajjaad Post author

    whoever thumbed downed or ever attempts to do so, please ask your parents permission to use the computer first, okay sweetie/s?  🙂

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  5. zackpsych1974 Post author

    I absolutely appreciate the power of exercise. However, what are your suggestions for individuals who have Chronic Fatigue syndrome?

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  6. naomiam Post author

    How do you subscribe to the newsletter? I didn't find a link to subscribe on the website. Has anyone else? Also, what is the mp3?

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  7. Aman Preet Singh Post author

    thank you for this… writing down my thoughts really stopped unstoppable negative thinking

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  8. Lu Bu Post author

    Dr. amen let them practice love. example and only such thee word ''love you'' to every one in a family society etc. you will notice that is the most powerfull think you can do to make or force a son to love his father a father to love his son an enemy to become an ally and the god to love his creation and a creation to love their creater. its the only one thing that if god and creation do all in there powers that it will not be…..tell you say "love you". one more thing its in the dead center of the heart and its 3-d spect scan. and you can get a more beautifull spect scan without the envy. since love is lit from that 3-d part of that area and it needs nothing and nothing to excite it since it function is to love nothing but love. to operate you say ''love you''. reference 1

    1- image or Surat picture '' the light''
    – versus '' 24 ''
    – it has all the problems of problems etc lol
    – and it creates geniuses
    – people commit suicide
    – and people commit suicide of a lack of it
    – its what why god forgives asks and created his bing bang recreated etc
    – its the theory of everything
    – its why people never understand
    – and the rest is for the love to do its function
    – plus its my father who solved it for me and my mother not me its my allah not me its the creation not me its the time not me its all the dimensions of that world not me
    its me.

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  9. Deb pramanik Post author

    Thank You Dr. Daniel, the De-Stress tactics works!! Specially Exercise, my before exercise mood & after exercise mood are totally different, I feel more fulfilled after my work out at evening
    Thank You for making the world a better place 😀

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  10. Luce Post author

    Hope this article helps
    https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/g201405/#?insight[search_id]=2f1dc527-f3c5-4252-be05-a62e422ef290&insight[search_result_index]=0

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  11. White Shield Post author

    Potatoes make you fat… What kind of science do they base that up on? In fact if you boil them, they are very healthy. 100 g of protein only contains 77 calories. You only gain weight by consuming too many calories, not by eating potatoes or carbs in general.

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  12. David Anthony Post author

    "I don't have time to exercise" is just another ANT! Essentially any thought that goes against having a rich, healthy, full and meaningful life is an ANT!!! 😉

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  13. Marcin Harasimowicz Post author

    Dr. Amen – first of all, love ur videos, love your positive attitude and energy and thank You for delivering so much value. I've got a question, in ur videos u mention pasta and bread being bad for us – u mean all types of pasta n bread? Is wholewheat, organic pasta and rye bread also bad?

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  14. brigittaglg Post author

    Thanks for your tips. You are such a lovely couple. Just watching you two elevates my mood. Bless you. 🙂

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  15. Nabolje Post author

    I wonder how a person who used to be Christian now is atheist? Specially coming from someone like Dr. Amen. Who had so much experience with brain and its complexity

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  16. Caveman Gaming Post author

    As I'm sitting here trying to do the things they are telling me to do, and being unsuccessful makes me feel like it's even more my fault and that there is really no way to get better. Seeing them happy and giving these easy tips that I can't seem to do is frustrating and makes my anxiety even more intense. That's all personally speaking

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  17. Hitesh Dawar Post author

    Liked this video.

    If we listen to music whenever we are in stress or start getting more social with our friends and our social group.

    We can cure our stress pretty much. Those habits reduces our stress and lightens up our mood. Not ignoring to laugh every once in a while when we get the time.

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  18. Ana Luisa Johnson Post author

    Your clinic is awesome ❤️ I hope the treatments at your clinic can become more mainstream ❤️

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  19. Ana Luisa Johnson Post author

    After having a session at your clinic’s office in Costa Mesa the other day and driving back home, I started thinking about Marilyn Monroe. I strongly believe that your approach could have saved her life. This should be really mainstream.

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  20. Ana Luisa Johnson Post author

    Where is the episode of “Keeping it together when someone around you has ADD”? The title is great 🙂✌️

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  21. Evert Björklund Post author

    Is luvox a God medicin for gad i a have just start this medicin 25 mg 4 days ago and i am so worry and i dont felling God , even whit The sideffects. Can luvox be good for this or is it wrong?

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  22. Live Webcast Post author

    Staying positive all the time is not at the same time time being delusional when you have a problem to solve?

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  23. Gino Asci Post author

    It's 2018 and people are ignorant, selfish, and greedy.
    It's very difficult to be grateful for negative actions taken against you.
    We all live with these people everyday and see them in our travels.
    So the answer is to avoid human contact, but we as humans need human contact, but when we have an encounter with certain humans the stress is increased. So we need to back off, but out instincts are strong, so we seek human contact automatically. Back to stress and anxiety, so lets get away.
    Over and over. It's a vicious cycle, because society is different today.
    It's not the 1940's, or 50's, or 60's. They had different challenges, but it wasn't so cut-throat as it is today. There was a lot more giving than taking. People helped each other back then. Now everyone is only looking out for themselves. It's not enough to come to the rescue during an emergency. Some people are just nasty these days, and it's in all sides of the spectrum. The poor, middle class, upper-middle, rich, super-rich, and the wealthy. Some people are ignorant no matter what they have or do not have. Yes, we should be grateful, but it's really difficult when you are faced with negativity, and ignorance.
    It's impossible to observe, but not absorb.

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  24. Conversations with Kat Post author

    How do I get my insurance company to agree to pay for a brain scan? How do I get help with the results of the scan?

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  25. gwlemus Post author

    When i am stressed out,all i wanna do is fuck,suck titties,eat pussy.i find that the smell of sweet,wet pussy makes my brain relax a lot.

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  26. Elsje Massyn Post author

    https://youtu.be/nkO0opUmYoA
    I would rather listen to Dr Neal Bernard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
    At least he doesnt push the Grass Fed Beef and fish oil nonsense for Omega 3 which is useless
    Rather kick out all preservative food, all animal products and use REAL beneficial Omega 3 like Flax seeds and Chia Seeds

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