Vogue - 5 Ways to De-Stress—And Stay Sane—During the Holidays

5 Ways to De-Stress—And Stay Sane—During the Holidays

Nothing says the holidays like braving maddening airport crowds, eschewing prying questions at big family gatherings, or looming end-of-year work deadlines. With the perpetual golden glow of twinkly lights and a flurry of parties filling your calendar, it may be the merriest of seasons, but, by the same token, it can—and probably will—send your stress level into overdrive.

The good news is that the breadth of offerings that take high cortisol levels to task has never been greater, allowing for a release in tension and a feeling of ease during this spirited season. From calming neuroscientific wearables to the latest CBD oil elixir, here are five new ways to get through the most wonderful—yet laughably fraught—time of the year.

The Good Vibrations

TouchPoints Original Bundle, $250, thetouchpointsolution.com

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As the gold medal winner of the 2018 Edison Awards, which recognizes groundbreaking technology in wellness, this anxiety-minimizing gadget lives up to the recognition. Using a neuroscience technology called BLAST, which stands for bilateral alternating stimulation–tactile, the wearable device administers gentle micro- vibrations on either side of the body that have been shown to reduce stress by 70 percent in as little as 30 seconds. While designed to help manage everyday triggers, it may prove particularly fruitful during chaotic holiday travel—or if you’re getting the third degree at the Thanksgiving table.

The Round-the-Clock Adaptogens

Cap Beauty The O’Clocks Adaptogenic Blend Collection, $204, capbeauty.com

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A trio of adaptogenic blends perfect for morning, afternoon, and night by Los Angeles–based herbalist Rehmannia Dean Thomas, the O’Clocks collection leaves no proverbial body function-supporting stone unturned. Tailor-made for conquering stress, as well as regulating immune function, aiding digestion, and fighting inflammation throughout the highs and lows of the day, it does all the super-herb decoding for you. After all, during the busy months of November and December, who has the time?

The Under-Pressure Mat

Dosha Mat Acupressure Mat, $95, doshamat.com

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Where the ancient science of Ayurveda and alternative technique of acupressure meet: Dosha Mat’s 100 percent eco-friendly, ergonomically designed mat sneaks 4,500 acupressure points into a bed of sculptural lotus flowers. Offering up a laundry list of mind-body pacifying benefits including alleviating muscle soreness, boosting circulation, and inducing relaxation, it’s a more accessible alternative to acupuncture with its roll-up-and-go portability. Not to mention, it really does the trick after a long-haul flight.

The Full-Body Calm Droplets

Plant People CBD Drops, $69, plantpeople.co

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A half dropper of New York–based startup Plant People’s CBD elixir, blended from three different premium single-origin hemp strains from Colorado, and you’ll begin to chill out no matter what’s ailing you. The company’s founders, Hudson Gaines-Ross and Gabe Kennedy, liken the effect to a restorative warm bath. And over time, the nutty-tasting tincture, dispensed in your morning coffee or under the tongue for fastest absorption, will continue to whittle away at stress while aiding overall balance, from energizing adrenal support to long-term muscle-tension melting.

The Lullaby of Nightcaps

De Mamiel Sleep Series in Soothe, $60, goop.com

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Warmed up in the palm of your hand and inhaled, or rolled onto pulse points such as the inside of your wrists or décolletage, this nightstand essential will act as your secret weapon for a blissful night’s rest. Laced with calming watermelon seed and passionflower oils, as well as essential minerals such as sleep quality–improving magnesium, consider it an aromatic lullaby. Because during the holidays, dozing off should be the least of your worries.

*This article first appeared in VOGUE on November 18, 2018, by . To read the full article, click here.

ABC 15 Arizona - Helping migrant children living alone in US experiencing trauma from separation

Helping migrant children living alone in US experiencing trauma from separation

 

MESA, AZ - Thousands of children were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border after they came to the United States illegally.  

But, the recent news headlines are hitting close to home for a Valley family who says this is not a new problem. The same thing happened to them about 15 years ago. They explain how they turned a dire situation into a life of love.

"Oh, there's us, man! Look at that!" exclaims Jat Chandra. "I've never seen these!"

Old photographs generate new memories.

"Man, I've always been smiling," he says. "That's amazing. I didn't know I was like that as a kid."

At 27-years-old, Chandra's just now learning he takes after the stranger standing next to him: his mother.

It was March 2000. Chandra was 8-years-old. His cousin, Aman Singh, was nine. Neither boy knew they were leaving their mothers in India to live illegally in America with an uncle, cousin, father, and brother.

"I was crying," remembers Singh. "My brother was like; it's OK, it's OK. And, I was like, dude, where am I?"

Chandra and Singh were 8,000 miles from home in Mesa, Arizona. At first, it was the American dream.

"I was like, oh my god, everything is so clean," Chandra said. "I fell in love with America. We have hot water whenever we want it!"

Four years later, that dream turned into a nightmare.  

Singh's dad and uncle were arrested and eventually deported. Since children are not allowed in adult jails, the boys had to separate from them. But, in this case, the boys fell through the cracks of the system and were never placed in a shelter. Instead, they were left in their apartment to fend for themselves. The oldest was just 16-years-old. The youngest was only 12.  

"Oh, yeah," says Singh. "I missed my dad so much."

They learned to cook, they went to school, but they stopped going to temple where they practiced the Sikh faith. And that's when Vicki Mayo noticed something was off and started to ask questions.

"I was like, you mean, they're by themselves?  Who's taking care of them? It really started weighing on me," Mayo said.

At the time, Mayo was only 20-years-old and did the unthinkable.

"The day after college, in May, I found out what apartment they were at, and I literally picked them up," she explained.

"I thought she was just coming over just to see us and say hi," said Singh. "Little did I know, she had paperwork with her, she had everything."

And on the first night, Mayo's warm and fuzzy feeling from doing something so honorable suddenly stopped cold.

"I remember putting everything away in their closet and putting them to bed," Mayo said. "I woke up in the middle of the night because Jat was screaming. He was screaming and crying in his bed. At that time, he was 12, and he was a young 12. I walked over to his bed, Jat, wake up, wake up! He jumped out of bed [yelling], 'Where's my mommy?' and he was screaming crying."

It was the moment Mayo knew the normally happy-go-lucky boy was broken. Being in America wasn't enough. He needed a Mom and Dad.

"In those moments at night, when you let your guard down, that's when it manifested, that's when you saw it. He [Jat] always made friends at school, but he was always lonely to some degree. Aman was upset as a teenager. He was upset. To the point where he wouldn't bond with anybody," Mayo explained.

For years, the boys worked through the emotional moments from experiencing such trauma.

"For a long time," Singh admitted. "But, right now, not anymore. I'm free. I'm happy."

"Unfortunately," Mayo added, "I don't think that's going to be the normal case for most of these kids."  

She's referring to the 16,000 children found at the US-Mexico border in just the past three months. 2,000 were separated from their families when their parents were taken into custody. More than 14,000 arrived at the border alone without any parents at all.

Mayo's experience with Singh and Chandra gives her unique insight into the psychological impact that kind of separation can have on a child over the years.

"When kids are born, they bond with their parents, and when that bond is broken, it's very hard to reestablish that connection," she explains.

Mayo explained she came across a concept called ACEs, which stands for adverse childhood experiences. The protocol taught her the specific steps she had to take to help the boys heal their emotional wounds.

"We checked in with mental health, we did a lot of mindfulness and yoga and on top of that," Mayo explained. "We did the basic things that you need to do which is basic sleep, exercise, and nutrition."

ACES offers a checklist of simple, but crucial concepts proved to impact a person's life significantly.

For Singh and Chandra, it worked.

"Without her getting us papers and a green card. I wouldn't be where I am in life right now," says Singh. "Having faith and believing in God... It was a Godsend. God sent her to us."

In the United States, you can only adopt children who are American citizens. So, Mayo spent four years and $60,000 to prove in court the boys did not come here willingly and had been abandoned.

During that process, Singh was about to turn 18 and would have been eligible for deportation. But, one week before his birthday, he got his green card and it was thanks to Senator John McCain, who answered Vicki's call, took the case and expedited the process.

About Vicki Mayo and The TouchPoint Solution:

Vicki Mayo is CEO of The TouchPoint Solution, a Scottsdale,  AZ-based wellness company that created TouchPoints- twin neuroscientific wearable devices that use patent-pending BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation tactile) technology to reduce stress by up to 70% in as few as 30 seconds Learn more about TouchPoints here &buy now

*This article first appeared in ABC 15 Arizona on October 11, 2018, by Stephanie HockridgeTo read the full article, click here.

Elevate AZ - Mothers of Invention

Three female entrepreneurs share their stories of hard-earned success

The saying “necessity is the mother of invention” is often credited to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s writings in “The Republic.” In the case of three Arizona women inventors, the proverb rings as true as ever in the modern world of business. Experiencing challenges in their own personal or professional lives led them to take the risky, often daunting, steps into entrepreneurship in order to bring their visions into reality—and share their inspirations with a wider audience.

Tracy Miller

SANS

Three and a half years ago, Tracy Miller was living in a tiny apartment in New York City. A fan of fresh juices and smoothies, she was also on a post-college budget—and frustrated when her healthy foods would go bad within a few hours.

“Like every other question in life, I turned to Google,” she says. “When I tried freezing them, some exploded in my little freezer, which was a bummer.”

Then a light bulb went off. Miller worked for the manufacturer of Rabbit wine accessories and asked one of the company engineers if wine preservation principles could be used for fruits and vegetables. After a year of making samples, the results were positive and she raised $36,000 on Kickstarter in 2016.

“I thought, wow, this is a marketable product and it’s not just friends and family telling me to go for it,” Miller says.

During the development process, Miller moved to Arizona and set up shop at the CO+HOOTS co-working space in Phoenix. “New York was very competitive, but this was a supportive community,” she says. “As a startup, it’s nice to have people who want to help with feedback and connections.”

The SANS product line uses a vacuum seal and pump mechanism to remove air and keep contents fresh. In addition to the original 16-ounce glass bottle, there’s a plastic version and 32-ounce carafes. This summer, SANS also introduced baby food savers.

Being featured in publications such as “O, The Oprah Magazine” and “New York Magazine” helped with brand awareness. This summer, the big break came when SANS struck a deal with Kroger, so you can now find their products in local Fry’s Food Stores.

“Rejection and quality control are the toughest part, but product development and innovating new cool products are the best,” says Miller, noting that she’s got more products in the pipeline that she’s eager to launch.

Dr. Amy Serin

The TouchPoint Solution

Arizona native Dr. Amy Serin has operated her Serin Center neuropsychology clinics for the past 11 years in Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Several years ago, she began consulting with elite military members on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) prevention.

“It got me thinking about not just putting an end to PTSD, but how to help people in general with their stress responses,” she says.

She believed a time-tested PTSD therapy could be adapted into a wearable technology for all kinds of users, and began working on the concept overseas at a research institution. When she returned to Arizona in 2015, her friend Vicki Mayo mentioned that her daughter was having night terrors, and Serin gave her some prototypes to reduce her daughter’s stress.

“It worked a miracle,” Mayo says. Since the research institution process was slow, Mayo suggested they bring the product to market themselves.

TouchPoints are digital wearable therapeutic devices worn on opposite sides of the body: on the wrists, in socks or pockets, or on tank top straps. They use gentle vibrations—similar to a cell phone buzz—to alter the body and brain’s natural stress response.

“The human stress response switches on based on sensory information,” Serin says. “The micro-vibrations, which we call BLAST technology, override the stress switch without your attention or awareness.”

Data from thousands of users has shown about a 70 percent reduction in stress levels within just 30 seconds of use. In addition to professionals such as therapists and doctors, TouchPoints have been used successfully by business executives, children with developmental disabilities, college students with testing anxiety, and athletes. Among several international honors, TouchPoint won an Edison Awards 2018 Gold Medal Wellness Technology.

“Ironically, using our own product helped us through the growing pains of a new tech startup,” Serin says. “But the most rewarding thing is hearing stories of how the technology has transformed other people’s lives.”

Linda Foss

BoogieBulb

Being a first-time mother is tough enough, but delivering when you have the flu brings its own risks because of your shared immune systems.

“Basically, my daughter was born with a cold,” says Linda Foss. “The hospital sent us home with one of those little blue bulb syringes to help clear her airway, but there was no way to properly disinfect or clean it.”

Unable to find quality bulb syringes in stores, Foss returned to the hospital, only to be told that they don’t give out medical devices. On the Internet, she found countless other mothers who had experienced similar frustrations.

“I realized there was an opportunity when I couldn’t get my hands on one,” says Foss, who branded her first disposable product, the Original Hospital-Grade Baby Nasal Aspirator. “I also knew I was running on a short window of time, because medical suppliers hadn’t caught on to the home care angle.”

In 2011 and 2012, as suppliers began to cross into her market, she recognized her next step was to create an improved model: a durable, cleanable baby nasal aspirator. During prototyping and development, Foss had a stroke of good fortune when an industry veteran found her website and connected her with a medical manufacturer who could make the new product.

In 2014, the BoogieBulb was ready to launch. Its Amazon listing resulted in significant organic reach, and then an article in “The Wall Street Journal” article helped increase brand awareness. The first purchase orders could come in from Wal-Mart at any time, and BoogieBulb is under consideration by CVS, too.

“As entrepreneurs, we sometimes want to go from A to Z and forget all the steps in between,” Foss says. “I just trust the timing and the process, and the most rewarding aspect is knowing that my product is helping people.”

By Jake Poinier

Photography by Mark Lipczynski

*This article first appeared in Elevate AZ on October 2, 2018, by Jake Poinier. To read the full article, click here.

Closing The Gap - Introduce Peace Into Your Daily Life

Introduce Peace Into Your Daily Life

REDUCE STRESS BY 70% IN AS FEW AS 30 SECONDS
Stress is responsible for 80% of chronic diseases. It inhibits our daily functioning by causing a lack of focus, poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits and so much more. TouchPoints™ are a dose of calm in the palm of your hands.
TouchPoints are twin neuroscientific wearables that were designed to provide fast relief from stress at the push of a button. They use gentle, micro-haptic vibrations to alter your body’s natural stress response and keep you in a calm state of mind.
Relieve Stress Improve Performance Enhance Sleep Increase Focus Reduce Anger/irritability

 

CALMING VIBRATIONS FOR STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

Learning how to deal with stress is important because, when untreated, it can be terrible for your physical and emotional health. Stress can directly affect your sleep, performance, mood, relationships and more.

Unfortunately, traditional methods of managing stress require a significant financial and time investment, so finding a way to regulate it while you go about your day represents a profound shift in the way we all can live more productive lives.

Consider TouchPoints your holistic health partner for body and mind. They use neuroscience and technology to directly affect the body’s biological mechanism for stress to deliver results in as few as 30 seconds.

WHAT ARE TOUCHPOINTS?

TouchPoints™ are twin neuroscientific wearables that provide fast relief from stress. They are worn on each side of the body preventatively or on-the-spot for 15 minutes before, during or after a stressful situation.

Using gentle, haptic micro vibrations called BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation tactile), TouchPoints give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body’s fight, flight or freeze response to restore calm nervous system functioning.

This not only helps to reduce the amount of perceived stress experienced, but also the associated body sensation that comes with it (i.e. stomach butterflies or tightness in the chest).

Having the ability to think rationally without an associated body sensation helps the brain create new neural pathways that are net positive, and this has a lasting effect on your brain. Now the next time you think of that same stressful situation, it doesn’t feel so bad!

HOW DO TOUCHPOINTS WORK?

The patent-pending BLAST technology in TouchPoints is backed by decades of scientific and academic research on bilateral stimulation that shows significant reductions in beta activity in the brain with use.

Stress activates in milliseconds, turning on and off like a light switch hundreds of times a day.

When we’re stressed, our brain processes a complex set of risk factors. From body sensations to our internal thoughts to circumstances in our external environment, our brain makes a rapid decision about how to react to the perceived threat. The threat could be external (we see a snake on our hiking trail) or internal (we miss a deadline at work and fear losing our job). This triggers our stress response to turn on instantaneously, shooting our adrenaline and cortisol levels through the roof.

While this is a very good biological mechanism for survival, most of the time our lives are not at risk – this doesn’t stop the light switch from still turning on, even when it doesn’t need to.

This ruins lives and ultimately challenges the status quo of the way we perceive stress. There is a solution! Advances in neuroscience have shown us that using bilateral stimulation can actually turn the light switch off just as easily as we turn it on.

Neuroscience shows that using BLAST technology in TouchPoints can actually turn the stress switch off without you having to breathe, meditate, or stop what you are doing.

Data from thousands of TouchPoints users confirms significant stress relief along with a relief in disturbing body sensations in just 30 seconds.  This groundbreaking research has been peer-reviewed, published, and dozens of global research projects are underway to examine the benefits of TouchPoints on cortisol levels, pain, focus, performance, attention, sleep, irritability, and quality of life.

TouchPoints offer a passive, non-invasive solution that may be more powerful than other methods in preventing nervous system hyperarousal in real-time. TouchPoints can be used in the classroom, at home, or during therapy sessions to help reduce sensory hyperarousal for improved outcomes in children with ASD.

Dr. Amy Serin – The Science of Autism

Dr. Amy Serin speaks on the science of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

*This article first appeared in Closing The Gap on September 10, 2018, by Marc HagenTo read the full article, click here.

Scottsdale Airpark News - September 2018

Scottsdale Airpark News - September 2018 Issue

Bustle - 11 Hacks For People With High-Functioning Anxiety That Experts Swear By

11 Hacks For People With High-Functioning Anxiety That Experts Swear By

The intersection of mental health and brain science are not always at the forefront. However, a lot of the clichés on what helps stress is actually grounded in significant research and expertise on anxiety and the brain. And when you try these little tricks to feel better, you will know you're doing something that has the support of experts.

High-functioning anxiety is no less all-consuming than other forms of anxiety. "High-functioning anxiety is common in people who can power through anxiety with hard work and dedication, often with positive outcomes," Dr. Amy Serin, co-founder and Chief Science Officer of The TouchPoint Solution, tells Bustle. "However, this chronic state of having your stress switch turned on often leaves people with exhaustion, burnout, trouble sleeping, and even health problems." And no one deserves to walk through life with that level of pain.

Whether it's professional help, or seeking support with yourself and your family, just taking the first step is a big deal if you have high-functioning anxiety. "People with high-functioning anxiety want to appear strong and capable of being able to handle everything that life throws at them," Prakash Masand M.D., a psychiatrist and founder of the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, tells Bustle, "So naturally, asking for help is something most people with high-functioning anxiety have a difficult time with." One great place to start looking for help is within the world of brain science, since anxiety lives in the brain. By bringing in friends, professional help, and your own mental health toolkit, you can understand your thoughts better and hopefully start to feel some relief.

Here are 11 hacks for people with high-functioning anxiety that experts swear by.

1. View Rest As A Non-Negotiable

If you have high-functioning anxiety, you might describe yourself as a night owl, or someone who "doesn't need that much sleep" when really you're up late worrying, or pushing tasks until later at night since they're triggering your anxious thoughts. Still, however, experts say you need to take a step back and take care of yourself by resting.

"We all know that sleep is a vital and non-negotiable need," Dr. Marissa Long, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Southern California, Founder of the ThriveWISEmental health and wellness subscription box, tells Bustle. "We also know that for many of us, it is the first thing to get cut when we have too many priorities to manage at once ... While the ideal amount of sleep can vary from person to person, it's important to know what works best for you and guard that time at all costs." Even if you struggle with insomnia, breaking off this time even just to close your eyes, or lay in bed, can be really helpful for your mental health.

2. Practice Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques are a tried-and-true form of anxiety relief. And that's not just because they're easy and free; they're actually backed up by a good amount of science.

"The positive effects of a deep breathing practice have been shown in research over and over again," Dr. Long says. "Deep breathing can reduce blood pressure, improve digestive functioning, regulate sleep and decrease anxiety." So try having a moment to focus on your breath once in the morning, and once in the evening. These dedicated moments can help you feel more equipped to handle life's stressors.

3. Learn To Challenge Your Thoughts

Brain and anxiety experts are all about using your brain to fight your symptoms, of course. So naturally they're inclined to want to help you use your thoughts as medicine. "Our thoughts are a huge part of anxiety and our ability to manage our thoughts can make a major difference in how effectively we can manage our anxiety," Dr. Long says. So listen to your thoughts, and challenge them, if you feel able.

"People with high-functioning anxiety tend to have a lot of negative self-talk," Prakash Masand M.D., a psychiatrist and founder of the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence, tells Bustle. "Closely monitor the words you use when you speak to yourself." You can either listen to them, or literally write them down. You'll likely find it quite an eye-opening experience.

4. Don't Underestimate Practicing Gratitude

Getting in touch with gratitude may seem like more of a spiritual than cerebral anxiety hack, but the experience is quite well grounded in science.

"Research suggests that practicing gratitude calms the deep limbic system (the emotional center of the brain that’s responsible for managing your mood and attitude) and activates the hypothalamus which regulates metabolism, sleep, and body temperature," authentic success, mindset, and brain health coach Cindy Shaw tells Bustle. "When these regions of the brain are consistently activated, new patterns of neurons fire together to create new thinking and feeling pathways. Over time, the practice of gratitude helps train the brain to fire in a new pattern, creating long-lasting positive changes in the neurological structure of the brain." Whatever way works for you, your brain will thank you.

5. Try Talking To Yourself In Third Person

When it comes to assessing and managing anxious thoughts, sometimes just listening to them and observing them isn't enough. A more proactive way experts say you can help with your high-functioning anxiety is talking to yourself in the third person.

"Studies conducted at the Clinical Psychology Lab at Michigan State Universityfound that when people referred to themselves in the third person, the part of their brain involved in emotional regulation reduced their stress within one second," Shaw says. "Because you feel the way you think, when you talk to yourself like you would speak to and encourage a good friend, you are putting distance between your thoughts and emotions." So, instead of talking to yourself the way you usually do, try talking to yourself like a friend for a day. There's a good chance you'll feel better.

6. Begin Having Honest Conversations With Others

Just beginning to talk about your anxiety openly and honestly can be a major breakthrough for people with high-functioning anxiety (many of whom tend to push their feelings down).

"Maintaining a support system of people who provide positivity can be vital in keeping a happy, healthy mind," Glenn Scott, LCSW, director of the Youth Partial Hospital Program at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, tells Bustle. "... Instead of withdrawing from others, be deliberate about staying in communication with the positive people in your life. Isolation can be unhealthy, but connecting with others deeply and honestly can boost your overall well-being." So try to bring yourself back into grounded conversation with the people you care about — they might surprise you.

7. Try Getting In Touch With Your Five Senses

If you deal with high-functioning anxiety, chances are you buzz through the day-to-day without much time to get in touch with your body and the world around you. It may feel overwhelming, but scientists find it incredibly helpful.

"One powerful way to de-escalate if you are losing control is to focus on the physical things that surround you," Scott says. "When stress and anxiety are taking over, one of the best techniques to snap back to the moment is to count five things for each of your senses, making yourself aware of your surroundings and distracting you from the stressors." Start with touch, feeling what's around you, then travel through sound, sight, smell, and taste. Grounding may be exactly what you need.

8. Do Some Light Exercise

A lot of high-functioning anxiety involves pent-up feelings. When you've got a lot of this built-up anxiety stirring around, experts say, often it's a good idea to use movement to help get it out.

"People with high-functioning anxiety are typically full of energy and adrenaline and want to tackle everything that comes their way," Dr. Masand says. "It’s important to find an outlet or activity to release this stored up energy ... [Plus,] since many people with high-functioning anxiety also have insomnia, this can help improve your quality of sleep." Take a walk instead of a drive, try a sport you used to love again, or do some mindful yoga. Your body and mind will likely both be grateful.

9. Start Setting Smaller Goals

One of the things that differentiates high-functioning anxiety from its counterparts is the obsession with perfectionism and goal-setting. While this can help keep you on track, it can also be incredibly harmful. Experts suggest, then, taking it back a notch when it comes to organizing your de-stressing as well.

"While it’s good to have big ambitions, it can be damaging to have goals that are so large that they’re are unrealistic," Scott says. "The feeling of achievement after accomplishing a goal can give you feelings of control over your life, as well as help focus your long-term direction. The sense of purpose achievements bring can strengthen your mind and give you a feeling of peace." So decide to not use your phone before bed for 30 minutes, instead of deciding to get eight whole hours of sleep. Or try to do a breathing technique once this week, instead of putting reminders on your phone every time you expect yourself to do one. Taking the pressure off can be healing.

10. Take A Daily Break

Setting a goal for some quiet time is essential for people with high-functioning anxiety, who often feel propelled forward by stress and worry. If having a time scheduled doesn't add extra stress, try integrating moments of calm into your schedule to quiet your mind and body.

"It can be as short as 20 to 30 minutes, but just find a quiet, relaxing spot and disconnect from the world around you," Dr. Masand says. "Having a rest and relaxation routine is important for everyone, but this is especially true for high-functioning anxiety sufferers. Get comfortable, listen to soothing music, take a hot bath, journal or whatever it is that brings you peace." If it feels too overwhelming to adjust your schedule recurrently, try adding it just once into your week. You deserve the downtime.

11. Give Yourself Permission To Put Yourself First

As someone living with high-functioning anxiety, you likely have all sorts of priorities and goals. If your own personal wellbeing isn't at the top of that list, however, you likely have a clear first step to take in terms of lessening your anxiety.

"It’s really nice to want to help other people and go out of your way to make a difference for someone else, but people with high-functioning anxiety tend to do this more than they should and even put the needs of others in front of their own," Dr. Masand says. "Nobody is saying you have to become mean and not help people, but always make sure you are taking care of yourself, your body, your health and everything in your own life before you go out and try to be a hero to everyone else." In pursuit of this, it's alright to occasionally say "no," and to put personal in front of professional development when you need to. Some pressure might dissipate once you begin to make these distinctions.

Whatever your anxiety tends to revolve around, there are a variety of tried-and-true ways to help calm it down by using your own brain to feel better. Experts cannot guarantee complete relief, but they can offer some great advice for those with high-functioning anxiety who need a little less stress in their day-to-day lives. "It’s important to not make stress-management stressful," Serin says. So know that you deserve to find the kind of help that works best for you, as an individual.

*This article first appeared in Bustle on September 4, 2018, by To read the full article, click here.

Viral Thread - This truly amazing piece of tech is making stress a thing of the past

This truly amazing piece of tech is making stress a thing of the past

We've all had one of those days. You know, the ones where you got up late because you couldn't sleep last night, you're horrendously behind schedule for work, the phone's ringing off the hook with calls from your boss who already hates you, your car has broken down, your kid is off school sick, and you feel like no one on earth has experienced stress quite like this.

You're certainly not the only one to feel this way, but despite what you may think, there is a solution to your problem. And, yes, it's one that doesn't mean walking around your office with a pained smile that tells your co-workers that "everything's fine", while you secretly scream inside.

Allow us to introduce you to TouchPoints, the wearable stress relief devices which could be the answer to nearly your every worry. Founded in 2015, TouchPoints alleviate stress through neuroscience and technology, working by sending vibrations that disengage the body’s instinctive 'fight or flight' response to stressful situations. Using patent-pending technology called BLAST, they offer a discreet and non-invasive method to remedy taxing moments in life.

Credit: TouchPoints

When a person is feeling pressured - whether this be through a big presentation coming up at work, an unpleasant conversation that needs to be had with a manager, a desperate need for sleep, or whatever else - TouchPoints shifts the individual back into thinking with the logical, rational part of their brain, incredibly making their stress seem manageable.

If you're looking for results, look no further than this impressive statistic: TouchPoints users have reported a 71 percent reduction in body sensations within 30 seconds.

Perhaps the revolutionary device has been so successful because it comes from a very personal place for its creators. Co-founder and CEO of The TouchPoint Solution, Vicki Mayo, spent countless sleepless nights watching her daughter experience vivid night terrors before reaching out to her friend Dr. Amy Serin for help.

Credit: TouchPoints

"It was horrible. I felt helpless, like there was nothing I could do for her," Vicki said. "The whole family was suffering because she would wake up nightly and we’d all be awake. The following mornings we would be exhausted - we were caught in a spiral I couldn’t get out of. I felt like I had tried everything, and we were at our wit's end."

Having isolated a component of successful PTSD treatment, neuropsychologist Dr. Serin was using it to research the impact of stress-reduction using a handheld device on children, and soon suggested that Vicki's daughter try her product.

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The treatment provided fantastic results and soon enough, Vicki and Dr. Serin decided to team up to create an instant stress-reduction solution that could help out individuals all across the globe who were grappling with stressful workloads.

Since then, the company has soared, with many of its users unable to praise it enough. Take TouchPoints user Wanda Gibson's husband, for example. After he was deployed nine years ago, he returned a "different man", who was often angry, impatient and depressed, and was soon diagnosed with PTSD.

After testing different methods of recovery, including counseling and medication, Wanda feared she would never have any resemblance of her old husband back. Until she discovered TouchPoints.

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"I convinced him to try the sleep setting and the first night he slept better than he had in years!" said Wanda. "We are now three months out from the purchase. My sweet, gentle, kind husband has returned. He’s used them almost daily since then and I have no doubt that he has built new neuropathways which has helped him cope with the daily stresses that he encounters. He feels a million times better and is now equipped to deal with difficult situations with hope."

Wanda and her husband have joined thousands of others raving about TouchPoints - and you could be next. Next time you find that pained grimace emerging on your face in the office, you know what to do.

*This article first appeared in Viral Thread on July 30, 2018, by Emma Brazell. To read the full article, click here.

Voyage Phoenix - Conversations with the Inspiring Vicki Mayo

Conversations with the Inspiring Vicki Mayo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vicki Mayo.

Vicki, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Entrepreneurialism is in my blood. My dad and all of my uncles lived the “American Dream” by immigrating from India and growing successful businesses over the course of their lifetime. My brothers and I had excellent role models, and I started my first business when I was 14 years old. Since then, I have started and grown businesses across the finance, hospitality, tech, and most recently the wellness industry. When I was 20 years old, I adopted two teenage boys who had been abandoned by their parents. I was a single mom for several years before marrying my husband and having two biological children of our own. Today, I’m the CEO of The TouchPoint Solution, a wellness company that offers neuroscience-based solutions to manage stress.

I’ve been knocked down and gotten back up more times than I can count, but I would never have gotten to where I am today if I let stress hamper my motivation and passion. Stress is a reality that we all have to deal with — but learning to channel properly can help you reach new heights. I am a firm believer in the law of abundance and the power of manifestation, and my goal is to share these secrets with the world.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Navigating the highs and lows of starting up life is never an easy road! The #1 thing I’ve learned is to reach out to people. Get their advice, ask their opinion. We’re better together and we can’t do it alone. My husband, who is also the CEO of a global IT firm, has become my confidant throughout this journey. Having gone through this experience himself, he has been able to offer guidance and advice to me in so many ways. I encourage all women to seek advice from others who have embarked on this journey. There’s something to learn from everyone – all you have to do is ask!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The TouchPoint Solution story. Tell us more about the business.
Stress is a global epidemic that underlies 80% of all mental and physical diseases, yet only a small percentage of people receive treatment due to rising health insurance costs and lack of available resources. Traditional methods of managing stress include prescription medication, therapy and living a long-term healthy lifestyle (think yoga, meditation, proper nutrition, etc.). The problem is that both options are time intensive before any tangible results are seen – a high price to pay for our wellbeing. Today, advances in neuroscience and new technology can actively work with the brain to offer a natural and effective solution to stress and anxiety in real time.

This is why my co-founder and I, neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin, teamed up: to provide neuroscience-based solutions that are scientifically proven to reduce stress by up to 70% in as few as 30 seconds. Dr. Serin discovered that a component of successful PTSD treatment can be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli. We realized that this method was too powerful a treatment to be confined to a doctor’s office, which resulted in bringing TouchPoints, neuroscientific wearables, to the world.

Using gentle, haptic micro vibrations called BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation tactile), TouchPoints give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body’s fight, flight or freeze response to restore calm nervous system functioning. This not only helps to reduce the amount of perceived stress experienced, but also the associated body sensation that comes with it (i.e., stomach butterflies or tightness in the chest). Having the ability to think rationally without an associated body sensation helps the brain create new neural pathways that are net positive, and this has a lasting effect on your brain.

Working on this product for the past two years has been one of the most humbling yet exciting experiences of my entire life. I used to think that stress was something we had to “just live with”. And to a certain extent, it is. Some stress can be good for you if you learn how to channel it properly. But for many people, myself included, stress can build up over time. If we don’t find ways to manage it, it can lead to much more severe physical, mental and emotional long-term side effects. Stress is a universal concept, but how it manifests in each of us is highly personal. TouchPoints are a tool that anyone can add to their toolbox to de-stress at the touch of a button.

The most rewarding part of my job is hearing from our customers about how TouchPoints have changed their lives. From overcoming childhood adversity to learning to manage their anger and becoming more productive at work – TouchPoints have helped more than 100,000 people across the world live better lives through neuroscience. Including myself and my family!

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
As Mr. Wonderful Kevin O’Leary said, he prefers to invest in women-owned companies because they perform better than male-led companies. Women have a knack for not just out-of-the-box thinking but for literally getting rid of the box. I think it’s up to us women to change the conversation from challenges to our successes.

Pricing:

  • TouchPoints Basic – $160
  • TouchPoints Original – $250

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*This article first appeared in Voyage Phoenix on July 10, 2018. To read the full article, click here.

Innovation Freak - Keep Calm Like Never Before

KEEP CALM LIKE NEVER BEFORE

  

A wearable device that can reduce or eliminate your stress or anxiety in 30 seconds? It almost sounds too good to be true but after chatting with Vicki Mayo from Touchpoint Solutions I learn the true science behind their device… Now I need to try one.

Vicki and I chat about the many different applications that TouchPoints have, reducing stress and anxiety is the one that most people can relate to. For a lot of people, stress seems normal and something that everyone has to deal with it. But after chatting with Vicki and learning about how TouchPoints work, my thoughts on how to reduce stress have changed. Vicki does a wonderful job explaining how TouchPoints work in this short video.

Vick and her team were gracious enough to give you a 10% discount code which is INNOVATIONFREAK. If you get a pair let me know how well they work for you!!

Check out TouchPoint on Facebook!

PODCAST EPISODE 32 WITH VICKI MAYO FROM TOUCHPOINT SOLUTIONS:

*This podcast first appeared in Innovation Freak on June 27, 2018 by . To read the full article, click here.

Bustle - 7 Signs Your Idea Of Romance Is Actually Sabotaging Your Love Life

7 Signs Your Idea Of Romance Is Actually Sabotaging Your Love Life

Before you ever got into your first relationship, you probably had an idea of what that would look like. You probably thought of who your partner would be, what they would look like, and maybe even where you would meet. Thanks to romantic comedies and now social media, it's so easy to set high expectations for what you think your love life should look like. But according to experts, your idea of love can have a way of sabotaging your relationship if you're not aware of it.

To be fair, having high expectations in your relationship isn't always a bad thing. "Unrealistic expectations like wanting your partner to fulfill your every need can certainly leave people disappointed," Dr. Serin says. "But couples who have high expectations for a supportive friendship, satisfying intimacy, trust, commitment, and the ability to resolve conflict with their partner are on the right track."

So there is a difference between healthy expectations and unhealthy ones. Here are some signs that your idea of romance may be sabotaging your love life, according to experts.

1. Your Prioritize Keeping Your Relationship Hot Over Anything Else

As Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby, clinical director of Growing Self Counseling & Coaching, tells Bustle, many people looking for love will easily list out qualities about what they want in their future partner. More often than not, basics like honesty, reliability, and shared values get put on that list. However, those tend to get overlooked once you find someone you have great "chemistry" with. According to her, that can unfortunate. "Chemistry, which is a combination of sexual interest plus anxiety, has nothing to do with whether or not someone is compatible with you, of good character, or is going to be a good choice long-term partner," she says. "Over-prioritizing this can lead you to make relationship mistakes in many ways." While chemistry is important and you do need that to keep your relationship going long-term, it's not the most important thing. Once you realize that, you can open yourself up to have a more deeper and meaningful relationship with your partner.

"In our image-driven age, it's very easy to scroll through Instagram and see posts about the peak moments that other couples are having," Dr. Bobby says. Very rarely do you see people posting selfies of themselves locked in the bathroom crying after a big fight, or Instagram stories of themselves yelling at their partner for not doing the dishes when they said they would. "If you combine that with what we're led to believe good relationships should be through movies and shows, it distorts one's sense of what the reality of a normal relationship is," she says. The reality is, relationships are full of ups and downs. Nobody's relationship is perfect. So don't look to other people's relationships and hope yours will be just as good as theirs. As Dr. Bobby says, a much better strategy is to turn your attention to all that is right in your relationship. "Be generous with your praise, and actively appreciative all the ways that your partner makes you happy," she says. "Both you and they will feel the truth of all the good things you do have much more deeply than you do if you're comparing your relationship to some imagined ideal."

3. You Get Even More Upset If Your Partner Doesn't Read Your Emotions

If you believe your partner should be so in sync with you that they know what you're thinking, you expect too much from them. "People are not mind readers," Jeannie Assimos, eharmony's Chief of Advice tells Bustle. "Don’t expect them to just know what to say or do for you." Communication is important for a reason. So be sure to always tell your partner what you need and how you feel.

"A healthy relationship consists of two people who accept one another and have common goals," dating coach, Anna Morgenstern, tells Bustle. Expecting your partner to change their mind about marriage and kids because you believe they're your soulmate is unrealistic. As Morgenstern says, "You need to be honest about the kind of life you want to lead and have an honest conversation with your partner to make sure your goals align." This includes having similar ideas about where to live, whether to have children, among other things.

5. You Expect Love And Romance To Happen Right Away

If you've been with someone for a while and you've taken the time to get to know each other, you should be able to see the love between you grow. But you shouldn't expect it to happen in an instant. Just because someone wants to go out with you, it doesn't necessarily mean they're going to fall in love and stay in love with you after two or three dates. As Assimos says, love and romance don't just happen without time, effort, and communication. "You have to put in the effort to connect with your partner in order to enjoy the love and romance," she says. "Make the effort to connect emotionally first."

6. You Start Questioning Your Entire Relationship When Your Partner Starts Getting On Your Nerves

When you spend a majority of your free time with someone, it's pretty much a given that you will find something about them that you don't like. "That loving feeling won't always be there. There will be some days where you might find your partner annoying," Assimos says. "That's OK. It's part of being in a real relationship."

7. You Actively Avoid Fights Because You Believe Happy Couples Don't Fight

Happy couples are happy for a reason, right? Well, if you want to be in a healthy and happy relationship, you should expect to have arguments and fights every now and then. If you think "perfect" couples don't fight, you're sadly mistaken. "It's a common misunderstanding that love is easy," Assimos says. "But you definitely need to work at it." If you hold yourself back from talking out issues in your relationship, it can cause unnecessary stress or resentment.

So, if these expectations are unrealistic, which relationship goals are? "There are so many achievable goals that couples can and probably should strive for," Assimos says. These are just some of the most important ones: Couples should try to have open and honest conversation, consistent connection, quality time, fun together and shared life experiences on a regular basis. If you have that, your relationship is going to be as "perfect" as it can be.

*This article first appeared in Bustle on June 1, 2018 by . To read the full article, click here.

WRBL-TV Columbus - TouchPoints Feature

TouchPoints on WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia

This Mother’s Day, why not give Mom tech gifts she’ll love? From smartphones to wearable technology to TouchPoints, WRBL-TV Columbus explores the latest technology trends that are finding a place in every home.

Click the link above to watch TouchPoints featured on WRBL-TV, a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Columbus, Georgia, United States and serving the Chattahoochee Valley of west-central Georgia and east-central Alabama.

WTVF Nashville - TouchPoints Feature

TouchPoints on WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee

This Mother’s Day, why not give Mom tech gifts she’ll love? From smartphones to wearable technology to TouchPoints, WTVF explores the latest technology trends that are finding a place in every home.

Click the link above to watch TouchPoints featured on WTVF, virtual channel 5, a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States.