Bert’s therapy: Ten big ones

 bert (1)

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You look tired.

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I ‘m not sleeping.

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Insomnia?

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Yeah.

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How long?

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Three nights.

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That’s awful.  What’s causing it?

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I just can’t stop thinking at night.

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 Anything you want to talk about?

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Nothing in particular.  Just monkey mind* crap.  You know.

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Yeah.  Listening to monkey mind is like eating junk food: unhealthy and irresistable.

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Any suggestions?

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Yes.  Yawn.

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Come again?

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Yawn ten times.  It helps.

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I don’t get it.

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There’s this neuroscientist who claims that yawning is one of the best things you can do for your brain.  It relaxes your whole body, lowers your stress level, improves cognition and memory, even increases your empathy for other people.

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Get out.

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Really.  I’ll send you the article.  But try it now.  Go ahead, yawn.

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Here?  Now?

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Sure.  Go on.  Big yawn.

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bert (12)

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That’s not a big yawn.  Try again.

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bert (13)

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Better.  Once more.  Make like a lion. 

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bert (14)

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Beautiful.  Now repeat.  Ten big ones. 

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bert (15)

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Good.  How do you feel now?

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Bert?  How do you feel?

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Zz.

 

 

 

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I really should raise my rates.

 

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*Forget what monkey mind is?  See “Bert is nuts”:

https://monkeytraps.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/bert-is-nuts/

 

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Want more? 

 

Yawn.

Go ahead: Laugh if you want (though you’ll benefit your brain more if you smile), but in my professional opinion, yawning is one of the best-kept secrets in neuroscience.

Even my colleagues who are researching meditation, relaxation, and stress reduction at other universities have overlooked this powerful neural-enhancing tool. 

From “Yawn — It’s one of the best things you can do for your brain” by Andrew Newberg, MD:  http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/1109/expert.html

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I’m reading a book called “How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist. Yawning can Improve Memory, Brain Fitness and overall Brain Health

In the book, the authors list 8 brain exercises to help improve memory, brain fitness and overall brain health. The 5th brain exercise listed in the book is the simple act of yawning.

Here are 12 good reasons to yawn:

1) Stimulates alertness and concentration

2) Optimizes brain activity and metabolism

3) Improves cognitive function

4) Improve memory recall

5) Enhances consciousness and introspection

6) Lowers stress

7) Relaxes every part of your body…

From “Yawning can improve memory, brain fitness and overall brain health” at the The Online Brain Games Blog:

http://www.onlinebraingamesblog.com/brain-fitness/yawning-can-improve-memory-brain-fitness-and-overall-brain-health

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Conscious yawning takes a little practice, but it’s not difficult.  To trigger a deep yawn, just fake-yawn it a few times.

Or you can watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1sOuj3UOcs,

Now make like a lion, baby.

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