Cool under pressure!

Wonder how our brains respond to stress? Want to feel more prepared for unexpected situations?

Meet Amanda to learn about ways to keep calm under pressure! In this experience, you and Amanda will talk about the parts of the brain that are responsible for stress response, and explore how it changes when you're stressed, scared, or anxious. You'll also learn strategies to help you manage stress. You'll practice breathing techniques, memory tricks, and role-play emergency situations to figure out how to make quick choices about what needs to be done.

This experience will help you feel more confident when the unexpected happens, and better equipped to help others around you. Whatever comes your way, you can handle it!

This experience is great for anyone who often feels anxious, or who wants to be more prepared for stressful situations. Amanda is a relaxed person who knows a lot about ways to keep calm!

To explore this experience together, we can...: See and hold Amanda's 'brain bottle' which represents what happens when part of our brain, the amygdala, gets shaken up in an emergency.
-: Practice breathing exercises, answer "What would you do?" questions, and role-play different emergencies.
-: Learn about the brain's stress response, talk about stressful experiences you've been in, and learn how you can consciously calm ourselves down.
-: Watch an online clip, look through photos of people resolving emergencies, and draw a model of your brain.
How many Kudoers could come at once?: 1 person at one time
This experience is:
Wheel chair accessible
Can be done with hearing impaired
Can be done with blind or visually impaired
This experience is:
Wheel chair accessible
Can be done with hearing impaired
Can be done with blind or visually impaired
This experience is:
Wheel chair accessible
Can be done with hearing impaired
Can be done with blind or visually impaired
This happens: at a local spot (cafe, pub, library, etc)
Skytrain meetup: Maybe: check with me
Should I bring money: No
What else should I bring: Amanda encourages you to bring your own stories of emergencies, and how you've handled them. You'll share a bit, but only what you're comfortable with.
When you book it, the Host will need to know: I have a lovely black cat, named Booboo. Also, I live next to a busy street, which can be a little loud at times. My home is also not wheelchair accessible; however, we can meet for coffee somewhere nearby!
When you book it, the Host will need to know: I have a lovely black cat, named Booboo. Also, I live next to a busy street, which can be a little loud at times. My home is also not wheelchair accessible; however, we can meet for coffee somewhere nearby!
Afterwards, you could go to: become a volunteer with the Vancouver Neighbourhood Emergency Assistance Team (NEAT):
Afterwards, you could attend: this Kudoz experience on mindfulness and meditation: https://catalogue.kudoz.ca/en/listings/369-mindfulness-and-meditation
Afterwards, you could watch: this TED talk on planning for emergencies: https://www.ted.com/playlists/315/talks_to_help_you_manage_stres
Reflection Questions
What breathing exercise is your favourite?

How can we help our brain stay calm during emergencies?

How can we practice mindfulness each day?

How can this help us be better prepared for emergencies?

Tags: wellness, happy, practice, emergency, safety, awareness, conflict, resolution, first aid, presence, self, guided, relationship
Tags: wellness, happy, practice, emergency, safety, awareness, conflict, resolution, first aid, presence, self, guided, relationship
Tags: wellness, happy, practice, emergency, safety, awareness, conflict, resolution, first aid, presence, self, guided, relationship
Listing created 2 Sep 2016