Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 149 - Alarm Response

Ep. 149 – Alarm Response

Episode 149: Understanding and Managing Your Brain's Alarm Response to Stress


Do you find yourself getting crazy busy during competition season? You’re burning the candle at both ends only to crash hard and probably get sick as soon as it's over? If you're a passionate dance teacher, you've probably pushed yourself too hard. I see you, and I get it. I think many dance teachers can relate. We are passionate, and we care about our dancers, so we push ourselves and have really high standards in order to serve. If you feel like you're more productive when you're busy, or if you've ever said, “I just have to push through the next two weeks, then I can slow down a bit,” but that never happens, I want to share another way forward.

In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about how to push for our dreams and goals in the dance industry while paying attention to what psychologists call the alarm response. The alarm response is a cycle our bodies and brains enter into when we’re stressed. We’ll take a closer look at the three stages of this alarm response, and I’ll give you a few tips on how to take care of yourself when you’re experiencing this. I hope this episode helps you to stop this cycle in its tracks before stress causes a five-alarm fire in your body!

 “We are passionate about teaching and being successful in the dance industry, but that doesn't mean we have to live in a state of resistance where we are fighting that buildup of stress so much that our brains and bodies never return to a state of calm.

Dr Chelsea

Key Highlights –

  • [4m 58s] – Stage One: The Alarm Stage
  • [8m 13s] – Stage Two: The Resistance Stage
  • [9m 22s] – Stage Three: The Exhaustion Stage
  • [10m 10s] – Example of One Cycle Through The Alarm Response
  • [10m 56s] – How to Stop The Alarm Cycle

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