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Beyond Normal podcast: Owning your stress response during the coronavirus pandemic

Minneapolis-based The Big Know launches Beyond Normal podcast with experts in mind, body, finances and family.
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Feeling stressed by COVID-19 news? So are we. That's why we're introducing Beyond Normal, a new podcast series for self care during isolation. 

Produced by Minneapolis-based The Big Know, Beyond Normal taps wellbeing leaders in mind, body, finances and family. Each episode is like a digital therapy session helping all Minnesotans take care of ourselves and each other through the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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In the debut episode of Beyond Normal, Dr. Elisha Goldstein, an expert in mental and emotional healing, delivers practical strategies to better cope with stress that can lead to anxiety and depression. 

For example, if you woke up and turned on the TV to see a headline about the coronavirus being "apocalyptic," your brain is going to immediately go into defense mode. 

"Your nervous system is going to react to that because apocalyptic is a very threatening type of experience," Goldstein explains in the podcast. "You won't notice that your brain is going to say 'unsafe,' the first interpretation it'll make. Your body might go into a fight-flight-freeze response, which means the emotion that might come up is a fear or anxiety. The sensations might be blood rushing to your muscles or your heart racing or shortness of breath."

The first step to a calmer mind is recognizing those moments, and as Dr. Goldstein explains, it all starts with a deep breath and hitting play in the player below. 

This podcast series was rushed to production in just two weeks by The Big Know, which used its connections to health experts around the world to provide comfort for Americans trying to answer questions that were unthinkable not long ago. 

"We're in a unique position to help. We're lucky enough to partner with renowned health experts to create digital health literacy programs. So we asked our experts if they'd step forward to help in this time of crisis, and 17 of them said yes within an hour!" The Big Know said in a statement.  

Listen to more episodes of Beyond Normal via The Big KnowApple Podcasts or Spotify

If you'd like to be a part of the podcast series, record your COVID-19 story for a few minutes and send the audio by email to beyondnormal@thebigknow.com. 

More about Dr. Elisha Goldstein

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing.

Elisha is the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month coaching program A Course in Mindful Living. To help people cope during this time, you can access this program for free. He has also written several best-selling books on anxiety, depression and mindful living.

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