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Bear Psychology Podcast

Dr. Anna Baranowsky is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, CEO of the Traumatology Institute, Founder and President of the Board at Trauma Practice. She is the author of two books on trauma, numerous courses to help train professionals in trauma mental health and the developer of the Trauma Recovery Program for Self-Guided trauma care. She works with trauma survivors and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on post-traumatic growth and recovery.

Through her work she believes that when we share, dialogue and feel supported, it provides a powerful foundation for forward movement in our understanding and the care needed. In her own words "I have found that the most profound changes occur when a person truly feels heard and understood - I like to think of it as deeply BEARING WITNESS to life evolving. We can feel incredibly stuck when we live with our fears, stressors and troubles in isolation."

Dr.Baranowsky is the host of the Bear Psychology Show, focusing on bearing witness to Evolving Mood, Mind, Health. Her talks revolve around recovery, relationships, work and life adventures.

She is dedicated to assisting organizations and health professionals who help trauma survivors to ensure a trauma informed lens of care can grow in community health networks. With that vision in 1998, the Traumatology Institute Canada (TIC) was established. TIC has trained thousands of individuals nationally and internationally.

Dr. Baranowsky serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management. She has published in the area of Post-Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).

Copyright:  Dr. Anna Baranowsky, 2020

May 2, 2019

What Does Sleep Mean for Your Emotional, Physical, and Overall Well-Being?

Forming the right habits around sleep is known as sleep hygiene, and although there is no single “best” routine for sleep hygiene, there are some general principles to follow:

  • Go to sleep and wake up at consistent times, even on weekends.
  • Always follow the same bedtime routine.
  • Limit the number of naps you take in a day.
  • Reduce your screen time.
  • Find ways to relax your mind once you are in bed.

If you feel that your sleep deprivation is bordering on insomnia, we recommend reading Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep by Rachel Manber and Colleen Carney. This book proposes solutions to those with insomnia-related mental health issues in a step-by-step manner that simulates the experience of seeing a sleep therapist.

Another book that is useful for those sleepless nights is 'Sleep Smarter' by Shawn Stevenson. This book provides 21 essential strategies to sleep your way to better health and bigger success.

This episode features the TED talk by Arianna Huffington entitled 'How to Succeed? Get more sleep' in which the negative consequences of sleep deprivation on concentration and anxiety are highlighted. She also has a book called 'The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time'.

This radio show was aired on on Thursday, March 28th, 2019.