How to Calm Our Mind Using our Body with Gina Ryan

In this episode, we talk to Gina Ryan about training our minds, the power of a body scan, how breathing calms the body and the mind, and how nutrition and diet is an important but overlooked part of the conversation.

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Episode Notes

Memorable Moments:

  • 8:08: Unless we can cultivate that [gratitude and meditation] in our relationship, that understanding that we are with our mind 24/7 and we have to build a relationship with it, not just keep pushing it away or not just keep adding things to it or being afraid of it. Because as we cultivate that, we begin to realize that we are not our thoughts. We have thoughts.
  • 15:34: Exercise is so important and it gets left out a lot when we’re talking about mental health. A lot of times people just think it’s about thinking, and again, we bring the body in. A healthy body is where a healthy mind can reside and we have to pay attention to ourselves as a whole.
  • 18:04: And we don’t need to go into perfection with our food either. Doesn’t need to go one way or the other, but we can begin to make friends with our eating and to take things out such as sugar.
  • 18:53: But when you are struggling with your nervous system being jacked up all day because of what you are thinking, the last thing you want to do is sip on something that releases those same stress hormones.
  • 22:32: It’s not about the food, but it’s not not about the food.
  • 25:12: I think women were much more, at least in my experience, much more open to talking about it and getting help for it. So I think there’s a lot of men out there not receiving the help that they need.

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Gina Ryan

Gina Ryan is the host and head coach of the top 50 Mental Health show on Apple Podcast – The Anxiety Coaches Podcast. Gina also struggled with stress, anxiety, and panic for over 20 years. Before the internet, she was able to climb out of her fear and panic to peace, calm, and wellbeing by finding what did and what didn’t work. She now teaches thousands of others how to do the same in a fraction of the time. After moving to Maui in 2005, Gina spent 12 years as a nutritionist/consultant for both the Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Center and the only Residential ED Facility in Hawaii sharing her compassion along with her knowledge and wisdom of the mind-body and spirit connection helping clients clear their food-related anxiety, obsessions, and compulsions. Gina is currently dedicated full-time to anxiety-clearing coaching, writing, and teaching clients around the world. She considers her work her calling and lives a mindful and compassionate life.