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Each summer and winter, we curate a semi-annual Read/Watch/Listen List. It contains books, articles, videos, podcasts, and other good things you may want to check out over the holidays.  We hope you enjoy it.

READ

Study links restricting screen time for kids to higher mental performance (2-minute read and a video)
Reduced screen time + better social engagement = improved cognition and happiness.

How to lower cortisol levels when you’re feeling stressed & anxious (6-minute read)
Read this for a good overview of the hormone cortisol which is important for homeostasis of the autonomic nervous system and overall health.

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve by Stanley Rosenberg.
This book offers an interpretation of the Polyvagal Theory from a body worker’s perspective. Rosenberg offers a series of self-help exercises to regulate the vagus nerve and initiate relaxation, improve sleep and recover from trauma.

WATCH

TED Talk: Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music (20-minute video)
This delightful talk is given by a musician passionate about classical music and and why it’s for everybody. He says of classical music, “it awakens possibility in other people.” At iLs, we couldn’t agree more! Just think of the possibility you have awakened in your clients from iLs therapies using the transformative power of classical music.

Film: Free Solo (2-minute awe-inspiring trailer for the film)
We’ve written about Alex Honnold before since he is an autonomic nervous system master extraordinaire! See the film if you can, but just even watch this trailer to see Alex Honnold in action.

LISTEN

Shrinkrap Radio #604 Applying Polyvagal Theory to the Treatment of Trauma with Deb Dana, LCSW (1 hour 8 minute listen)

Deb is the co-editor with Dr. Porges of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory and author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy.  She uses sensorimotor psychotherapy and polyvagal theory to work with clients with trauma. In this podcast, she gives a very nice succinct review of the Polyvagal Theory and describes how it informs her own practice. Thank you, Deb!

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