The Mammalian Dive Reflex

The Mammalian Dive Reflex

This tool is a new addition to my kit. I’m taking advantage of a reflex, common in all humans and easily triggered, to reduce my blood pressure and heart rate without the need for conscious thought.

Tuesdays in the Toolkit

Tuesdays in the Toolkit

Mirror Therapy is a potent, introspective tool. I like to have a mirror directly in front of me, and one off to the side. This allows me to speak to myself, and also catch side glances of my reactions along my periphery. The first time I tried this, I spoke to myself from two drastically different perspectives - the depressed me, and the “normal” me.

Mondays with Marcus

Mondays with Marcus

The more I study mental illness and the structure of the brain, the more I am enticed about how the mind thinks. I know from experience that I can train my mind to recognize distorted thoughts, and take action to think differently, but I have been unable to discern a guiding framework. I have many tools, but where is my toolbox?

Pause Points

Pause Points

These are moments where you can take a breath and take stock of your situation. In games, these are built into the experience - timeouts, quarter breaks, halftime, weather delays. Pause points exist in daily life, but it takes work to identify ones that are meaningful to you.