Bio-Feedback & Behavioral Changes: Turning Attention into Intention

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Changing your behavior is not an easy process. But there are a few simple steps you can take to make positive changes in your physical and mental health.
Air Date: 3/5/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Richard Harvey, PhD
Richard Harvey has a Psychology PhD from the University of California (UC), Irvine School of Social Ecology. His research includes developing stress-reduction interventions using biofeedback techniques to promote psychological courage and personal hardiness. Currently, he is faculty at San Francisco State University Department of Health Education and Holistic Health Studies teaching classes in Relaxation and Stress Reduction, Psychophysiology of Healing and, Epidemiology. Prior experience includes working as a research fellow at the UC Irvine Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center for five years, developing and running the UC Irvine Counseling Center Biofeedback and Stress Management Program, and working in the field of Epidemiology in Orange County, CA, as a Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Research Analyst. Professor Harvey is the co-chair of the American Public Health Association, Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Interest Group, as well as a board member of the Biofeedback Society of California and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He conducts research and publishes in the areas of biofeedback, stress and computer-related disorders, tobacco cessation, and the psychology of hardiness and courage.
Bio-Feedback & Behavioral Changes: Turning Attention into Intention
Changing your behavior is not an easy process. But there are a few simple steps you can take to make positive changes in your physical and mental health.

For instance, when it comes to healthy eating and other healthy behaviors, it's important to have a community of like-minded people around you. Reach out to your friends first, but don't dismiss the effectiveness of the virtual community as well. There are many Facebook pages dedicated to mind-body wellness; get connected with those people and the messages they're sending.

What if you have people in your life who are not supportive? Identify which people are not letting you grow and change and who are not supportive. To truly make a behavioral change, it might be time to let those people go.

In a more clinical sense, bio-feedback can be extremely helpful for incorporating behavioral changes. By using bio-feedback, you increase awareness and pay more attention to what's truly going on in your life. By increasing this attention, you can shift your intention in the direction of positive change.

Clinical bio-feedback measurements incorporate instruments -- without these instruments, you don't know how much stress or strain you're under.

So how can you mitigate that stress or strain? Sometimes simply changing the way that you breathe can have a significant impact. Your breathing can also affect your heart health, so it's important to know how to use this technique correctly.

In this segment of Naturally Savvy, Lisa Davis welcomes two guests: Donna Morin, who speaks about building that "tribe" of like-minded people and Dr. Richard Harvey, who explains the importance and benefits of bio-feedback.