COVID-19 Anxiety, Cultivating Safeness, and Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephen Porges

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Porges, Stephen W.; Hill, Diana; Sorensen, Debbie
Stress and anxiety levels are high right now due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In this episode, Dr. Stephen Porges offers us a model of our physiology of threat and strategies to boost feelings of safeness, especially with COVID-19 anxiety. Through the lens of Polyvagal theory, Dr. Porges and Diana explore what it means to be human in the face of infectious disease, trauma, and global uncertainty.

Listen and Learn:
How Debbie and Diana are responding to current their own COVID-19 anxiety.
What “prosocial distancing” is, and how you can participate.
Debbie and Diana’s tips for refocusing on values, improving mental health, and maintaining social connection.
How the Vagus Nerve regulates our response to stress.
The heart-face connection and its role in feeling safe.
Why your eyes and voice matter in co-regulating others. 
How the Polyvagal Theory informs our current understanding of trauma and treatment.
The benefits of chanting, singing, and breathing together!

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Kinsey Institute Educational Films
Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
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