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## Show Notes: Advancing With Amy / Mental Health Warrior & Neurospicy Mama

### Episode Title: John Hall speaks on the powers of breathwork.

**Host:** Amy  
**Guest:** John Hall

### Episode Highlights:

1. **Introduction to Belly Breathing**:
   - John Hall introduces the concept of belly breathing as a method to signal safety to the body, differentiating it from chest breathing used in dangerous situations.

2. **Breathing Exercise Demonstration**:
   - John demonstrates a calming breathing exercise: inhale through the nose for 5 seconds, then exhale through the mouth for 7 seconds. This helps tell the body it is safe.
   
3. **Influence of Physical Posture**:
   - Discussing the impact of physical posture on mindset, John cites studies showing how smiling or adopting power poses can improve decision-making and confidence levels.

4. **Incorporating Breath Techniques**:
   - John details his use of breath techniques with clients:
     - **Tactical Breath** for immediate stress relief.
     - **Strategic Breath** for regular practice to expand stress tolerance.
     - **Transformational Breath** to challenge and dissolve limiting beliefs.
   - He shares a personal story of using breath work to address his own limiting beliefs.

5. **Democratizing Breath Work**:
   - John aims to democratize breath work, sharing its benefits with a wide audience, not just entrepreneurs and executives.

6. **Physiological Aspect of Stress**:
   - Stress is presented as a full somatic experience. The episode dives into how stress affects the body, and John introduces his BPM (breath physiology mindset) technique for redirecting stress responses.

7. **Understanding Stress Responses**:
   - John outlines the two types of stress responses (hyper arousal and hypo arousal) and specifies that they are suitable in particular situations.
   - He discusses a UK study showing that forcing a smile for ten minutes can be as effective as Prozac for clinical depression.

8. **Impact of Stress on Body Functions**:
   - High stress can shut down non-essential functions like digestion and advanced critical thinking. John explains how chronic stress can lead to distress and harm health.

9. **Types of Stress**:
   - The episode categorizes stress into neutral stress, healthy stress (Eustress), and unhealthy stress (distress).

10. **Utilizing Breath Work to Signal Safety**:
    - Breath work techniques are highlighted for their ability to signal safety to the brain via the vagus nerve, promoting calmness and lowering stress levels.

11. **Challenging Limiting Beliefs**:
    - John discusses the importance of examining and challenging limiting beliefs and the long-term health benefits of changing the way we breathe.

12. **Resources and Further Learning**:
    - John introduces his course "Breathe Easier" available on his website for more comprehensive information.
    - Visit [JohnHallCoaching.com](http://JohnHallCoaching.com) for contact, one-on-one sessions, and course details.

### Conclusion

- Amy appreciates the rich conversation with John and encourages listeners to rate, review, and subscribe to the show.

**Don’t miss this informative episode! Learn how simple breath work can transform your stress response and mental well-being.**

Welcome to Advancing With Amy where we discuss mental health, neurodiversity and everything in between, with my guests who are either professionals on these issues or have lived experience. Hope you enjoy!

Check out my uplifting affiliate link below, for some HERE AND HAPPY:  MODERN MINDFULLNESS MEDITATIONS.

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Advancing With Amy / Mental Health Warrior & Neurospicy Mama Amy Taylor

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

## Show Notes: Advancing With Amy / Mental Health Warrior & Neurospicy Mama

### Episode Title: John Hall speaks on the powers of breathwork.

**Host:** Amy  
**Guest:** John Hall

### Episode Highlights:

1. **Introduction to Belly Breathing**:
   - John Hall introduces the concept of belly breathing as a method to signal safety to the body, differentiating it from chest breathing used in dangerous situations.

2. **Breathing Exercise Demonstration**:
   - John demonstrates a calming breathing exercise: inhale through the nose for 5 seconds, then exhale through the mouth for 7 seconds. This helps tell the body it is safe.
   
3. **Influence of Physical Posture**:
   - Discussing the impact of physical posture on mindset, John cites studies showing how smiling or adopting power poses can improve decision-making and confidence levels.

4. **Incorporating Breath Techniques**:
   - John details his use of breath techniques with clients:
     - **Tactical Breath** for immediate stress relief.
     - **Strategic Breath** for regular practice to expand stress tolerance.
     - **Transformational Breath** to challenge and dissolve limiting beliefs.
   - He shares a personal story of using breath work to address his own limiting beliefs.

5. **Democratizing Breath Work**:
   - John aims to democratize breath work, sharing its benefits with a wide audience, not just entrepreneurs and executives.

6. **Physiological Aspect of Stress**:
   - Stress is presented as a full somatic experience. The episode dives into how stress affects the body, and John introduces his BPM (breath physiology mindset) technique for redirecting stress responses.

7. **Understanding Stress Responses**:
   - John outlines the two types of stress responses (hyper arousal and hypo arousal) and specifies that they are suitable in particular situations.
   - He discusses a UK study showing that forcing a smile for ten minutes can be as effective as Prozac for clinical depression.

8. **Impact of Stress on Body Functions**:
   - High stress can shut down non-essential functions like digestion and advanced critical thinking. John explains how chronic stress can lead to distress and harm health.

9. **Types of Stress**:
   - The episode categorizes stress into neutral stress, healthy stress (Eustress), and unhealthy stress (distress).

10. **Utilizing Breath Work to Signal Safety**:
    - Breath work techniques are highlighted for their ability to signal safety to the brain via the vagus nerve, promoting calmness and lowering stress levels.

11. **Challenging Limiting Beliefs**:
    - John discusses the importance of examining and challenging limiting beliefs and the long-term health benefits of changing the way we breathe.

12. **Resources and Further Learning**:
    - John introduces his course "Breathe Easier" available on his website for more comprehensive information.
    - Visit [JohnHallCoaching.com](http://JohnHallCoaching.com) for contact, one-on-one sessions, and course details.

### Conclusion

- Amy appreciates the rich conversation with John and encourages listeners to rate, review, and subscribe to the show.

**Don’t miss this informative episode! Learn how simple breath work can transform your stress response and mental well-being.**

Welcome to Advancing With Amy where we discuss mental health, neurodiversity and everything in between, with my guests who are either professionals on these issues or have lived experience. Hope you enjoy!

Check out my uplifting affiliate link below, for some HERE AND HAPPY:  MODERN MINDFULLNESS MEDITATIONS.

https://sagegrayson.mykajabi.com/a/2147801938/MgcaNLDD

    Mom & Author, Linda Henderson, on Coping with Child Loss and Finding New Purpose

    Mom & Author, Linda Henderson, on Coping with Child Loss and Finding New Purpose

    In this heartfelt and inspiring episode, Amy and Linda explore the journey of grief, healing, and empowerment. This week, Linda Henderson joins the conversation to share her deeply personal and emotional story of losing her beloved daughter, Andrea, in a tragic car accident caused by a texting and driving transport truck driver.


    **Key Takeaways:** - **Remembering Andrea:** Linda recounts her happy memories of Andrea—describing her as a loving, patient, and kind individual who loved horseback riding, baton twirling, helping others as a social worker and writer and her young son. -


    **The Tragic Event:** The devastating accident on December 20, 2011, took the lives of Andrea and her coworker. Linda shares her initial shock, disbelief, and the profound grief that followed. -


    **Coping with Grief:** The conversation highlights the societal expectations of "moving on" after a loss and the reality of enduring grief. Linda emphasizes the importance of allowing oneself to feel, seeking support, and maintaining traditions to keep loved ones' memories alive. -


    **Finding Purpose:** Linda discusses how she found new purpose by writing a book, "The Road of Love and Hope," which offers insights and advice on navigating the sorrow of losing a child and finding hope. - **Support and Community:** Linda underscores the significance of support systems, embracing emotions, and self-care. She shares her ongoing commitment to support bereaved parents and underprivileged children through her work.


    **Special Traditions and Honors:** - Celebrating Andrea's birthday and decorating a purple Christmas tree in her memory. - Engaging with the community through her website and social media platforms to offer support and encouragement. **Final Thoughts:** - Linda believes in finding joy in cherished memories and embracing the present moments as sources of hope for the future.


    ### Call to Action: If you found this episode moving and insightful, please consider rating, sharing, and subscribing to our podcast. Your support helps us reach more people and provide the inspiration and hope they need. Stay connected with us for more empowering stories and resources on mental health and healing.


    **Buy Linda Henderson's book, "The Road of Love & Hope: The Journey of Child Loss ** - https://amzn.to/45Bf8u1 (This is an affiliate link, meaning I might get a very small percentage but it will not cost you any more than usual.)


    Thank you for listening, and remember, you're not alone on this journey. Together, we advance and thrive. Keep on Advancing Warriors.


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    • 30 min
    Exploring Breathwork to Tackle Stress and Boost Mental Health with John Hall

    Exploring Breathwork to Tackle Stress and Boost Mental Health with John Hall

    ## Show Notes: Advancing With Amy / Mental Health Warrior & Neurospicy Mama


    ### Episode Title: Exploring Breathwork to Tackle Stress and Boost Mental Health, with John Hall


    **Host:** Amy  

    **Guest:** John Hall


    ### Episode Highlights:


    1. **Introduction to Belly Breathing**:

       - John Hall introduces the concept of belly breathing as a method to signal safety to the body, differentiating it from chest breathing used in dangerous situations.


    2. **Breathing Exercise Demonstration**:

       - John demonstrates a calming breathing exercise: inhale through the nose for 5 seconds, then exhale through the mouth for 7 seconds. This helps tell the body it is safe.

       

    3. **Influence of Physical Posture**:

       - Discussing the impact of physical posture on mindset, John cites studies showing how smiling or adopting power poses can improve decision-making and confidence levels.


    4. **Incorporating Breath Techniques**:

       - John details his use of breath techniques with clients:

         - **Tactical Breath** for immediate stress relief.

         - **Strategic Breath** for regular practice to expand stress tolerance.

         - **Transformational Breath** to challenge and dissolve limiting beliefs.

       - He shares a personal story of using breath work to address his own limiting beliefs.


    5. **Democratizing Breathwork**:

       - John aims to democratize breathwork, sharing its benefits with a wide audience, not just entrepreneurs and executives.


    6. **Physiological Aspect of Stress**:

       - Stress is presented as a full somatic experience. The episode dives into how stress affects the body, and John introduces his BPM (breath physiology mindset) technique for redirecting stress responses.


    7. **Understanding Stress Responses**:

       - John outlines the two types of stress responses (hyper arousal and hypo arousal) and specifies that they are suitable in particular situations.

       - He discusses a UK study showing that forcing a smile for ten minutes can be as effective as Prozac for clinical depression.


    8. **Impact of Stress on Body Functions**:

       - High stress can shut down non-essential functions like digestion and advanced critical thinking. John explains how chronic stress can lead to distress and harm health.


    9. **Types of Stress**:

       - The episode categorizes stress into neutral stress, healthy stress (Eustress), and unhealthy stress (distress).


    10. **Utilizing Breath Work to Signal Safety**:

        - Breath work techniques are highlighted for their ability to signal safety to the brain via the vagus nerve, promoting calmness and lowering stress levels.


    11. **Challenging Limiting Beliefs**:

        - John discusses the importance of examining and challenging limiting beliefs and the long-term health benefits of changing the way we breathe.


    12. **Resources and Further Learning**:

        - John introduces his course "Breathe Easier" available on his website for more comprehensive information.

        - Visit [JohnHallCoaching.com](http://JohnHallCoaching.com) for contact, one-on-one sessions, and course details.


    ### Conclusion


    - Amy appreciates the rich conversation with John and encourages listeners to rate, review, and subscribe to the show.


    **Don’t miss this informative episode! Learn how simple breath work can transform your stress response and mental well-being.**


    ---Keep Advancing Warriors!


    Amy


    P.S.  Don't forget to check out my friend, Sage's, shop full of freebies and larger course

    • 29 min
    Unveiling the Heat: Menopause, Libido, and Thriving Amidst the Flames with Sexpert, Ann Bell

    Unveiling the Heat: Menopause, Libido, and Thriving Amidst the Flames with Sexpert, Ann Bell

    **🎙️ Show Notes:**


    Dive deep into the transformative journey of menopause with our special guest, the renowned sexpert Ann Bell, on this electrifying episode of Advancing With Amy. Ann brings her expertise in massage therapy and her focus on mental, emotional, and relationship health to the table, revealing the often unspoken challenges and triumphs of menopause. From personal health battles to advocating for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Ann sheds light on the importance of self-education and perseverance.


    **Key Takeaways:**

    - **Menopausal Challenges:** Hear Ann’s gripping recount of experiencing high cholesterol, diabetes, vertigo, frozen shoulder, and cognitive function changes.

    - **The Power of HRT:** Discover how hormone replacement therapy can be a game-changer in managing menopausal symptoms and improving long-term health outcomes.

    - **Sexual Health Insights:** Uncover why nurturing sexual health and making space for intimacy is crucial, even in the busiest of schedules.

    - **Advocacy and Education:** Learn how Ann navigated medical resistance and why it's vital for women to advocate for themselves and seek specialized healthcare.


    **🌟 Highlights in This Episode:**

    - Resistance from doctors and the fight for proper information (Ann Bell faced resistance from a doctor who was unwilling to share studies or information with her)

    - The modern menopause and debunking myths post the Women's Health Initiative study

    - Addressing the stigma around menopause and the societal double standards impacting women's sexual health

    - Comprehensive management of menopause: Beyond HRT – Exercise, sleep, stress reduction, nutrition, supplements

    - Ann Bell's intuitive decision to pursue HRT and her journey through blood clotting disorders

    - The profound effect of hormonal imbalances on sex lives and libido during perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause


    **🔗 Stay Connected:**

    - **Visit Ann's Website:** For coaching and a wealth of resources, visit https://aconfidentialconversation.com

    - **Subscribe & Share:** If you found value in this episode, don’t forget to subscribe and share it with friends and family! 🌟👭


    **👏 Final Thoughts:**

    Empower yourself with knowledge and don’t settle for less. If your doctor is dismissive, keep moving! There is help available, and solutions that can drastically improve the quality of your life during menopause. Explore every facet of managing this stage of life, because you deserve nothing but the best.


    ---


    Join us for this candid and empowering episode that lays out a road map for navigating menopause with grace and confidence. Don’t miss out!


    🔔 **Subscribe now and stay updated on all our latest episodes!**. And please e-mail me at amy@advancingwithamy and let me know what you think of the episode and/or what you'd like to hear about in an upcoming episode.


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    https://www.aconfidentialconversation.com/


    https://www.aconfidentialconversation.com/menopause-resources


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    https://www.aconfidentialconversation.com/love-assessment


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    • 32 min
    Bringing Mental Health Conversations to Life: Ben Gonshor Discusses "The Book of Izzy"

    Bringing Mental Health Conversations to Life: Ben Gonshor Discusses "The Book of Izzy"

    **Show Notes: Advancing With Amy / Mental Health Warrior & Neurospicy Mama**


     


    **Episode Title:** Bringing Mental Health Conversations to Life: Ben Gonshor Discusses "The Book of Izzy"


     


    **Host:** Amy Taylor


    **Guest** Ben Gonshor


     


    **Description:**


    In this compelling episode, hosts Amy and Ben dive deep into an enlightening conversation about Ben's latest book, "The Book of Izzy." Ben opens up about his own mental health journey, discussing both the highs and lows of being on and off psychotropic medication. "The Book of Izzy" serves as a powerful narrative aimed at de-stigmatizing mental health and sparking essential conversations around the topic. Listen in as they explore the significance of a supportive community for those diagnosed with mental illnesses and touch on the genetic aspects of mental health.


     


    **Key Takeaways:**


    - **Ben’s Journey:** Insights into Ben's personal experiences with depression and anxiety, which have shaped his literary work.


    - **Supporting Mental Health:** The vital role of support systems fo

    • 24 min
    Neurohacking for Anxiety, Stress & More with Marcelle Siegel

    Neurohacking for Anxiety, Stress & More with Marcelle Siegel

    ### Show Notes: Advancing With Amy - Mental Health Warrior & Neurospicy Mama


    #### Episode: **23**


    - **Best Summer Ever Bundle**: https://www.faithmariahevents.com/bse-waitlist


    **Episode Overview:**


    In today's episode, we dive into the fascinating world of neurohacking with expert Marcelle Siegel, founder of Brainrise. Marcelle shares her inspiring personal journey and the science behind various neurohacks designed to reduce stress and improve mental health. We explore techniques like red light therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), neurofeedback, metabolic interventions, and much more.


     


    **Key Topics:**


    1. **Introduction to Neurohacking**


       - Marcelle's background and inspiration for Brainrise.


       - What neurohacking is and how it differs from biohacking.


     


    2. **Red Light Therapy**


       - Benefits for the brain and overall health.


       - How it reduces inflammation and boosts cellular health.


     


    3. **Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)**


       - Treatment for neurological effects, especially post-Covid.


     


    4. **Neurofeedback**


       - Training your brain to relax using personal devices.


     


    5. **Metabolic Interventions**/spa

    • 15 min
    Real Raw Outlaw: Magan's Financial Wisdom for Neurodiverse Families

    Real Raw Outlaw: Magan's Financial Wisdom for Neurodiverse Families

    **Show Notes: Advancing With Amy: Mental Health Warrior – Magan Outlaw Bundles.mp3**


    Welcome back to another episode of Advancing With Amy, your go-to podcast for mental health, neurodiversity, and life strategies! This week, we are excited to have a special guest, Magan Outlaw, founder of The Real Raw Outlaw, who joins us to discuss neurodiversity and budgeting. Amy and Magan dive into practical advice and personal experiences that will resonate with many of our listeners.


    **Episode Highlights:**


    1. **Introduction to Magan Outlaw and The Real Raw Outlaw (00:00:29 - 00:01:33)**

       - Magan shares the origin and evolution of her company, The Real Raw Outlaw.


    2. **Importance of Neurodiversity (00:01:56 - 00:02:36)**

       - Magan discusses her personal connection to neurodiversity, detailing her family's experiences and challenges.


    3. **Challenges and Strategies for Budgeting with ADHD (00:02:45 - 00:04:24)**

       - Magan talks about her journey from struggling with ADHD and impulsive spending to mastering budgeting and improving her financial stability.


    4. **Transformative Impact of Budgeting (00:04:24 - 00:04:52)**

       - The positive effects on Magan’s marriage and overall financial situation after adopting budgeting.


    5. **Client Services and Budgeting Tools (00:05:39 - 00:06:15)**

       - Different services Magan offers, including budget audits and long-term consultations through Zoom.


    6. **The Best Summer Ever Bundle (00:06:23 - 00:09:57)**

       - Amy and Magan discuss the value-packed Best Summer Ever Bundle, featuring contributions from 148 creators, including both Amy and Magan's own contributions.


    7. **Financial Education for Children (00:10:14 - 00:13:46)**

       - Practical tips Magan employs to teach her children about budgeting and money management, showing the long-term benefits of financial discipline.


    **Call to Action:**


    Don't miss out on the incredible resources available in the Best Summer Ever Bundle! The bundle is available from June 10th to June 13th and includes amazing products worth thousands of dollars that are yours for free with the bundle. Click on the link in the show notes to get access before time runs out.


    **Subscribe and Share:**


    If you enjoyed today’s episode, don’t forget to subscribe to Advancing With Amy and share this episode with your friends and family. Your support helps us continue to bring you inspiring and informative content.


    **Links & Resources:**

    - **Best Summer Ever Bundle**: https://www.faithmariahevents.com/bse-waitlist

    - **Magan Outlaw - The Real Raw Outlaw**: Visit [The Real Raw Outlaw](http://www.therealrawoutlaw.com)

    - **Follow Magan on Social Media**: @therealrawoutlaw


    Thank you for tuning in, and remember, small changes can equal big results!


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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

Melissa - The F.E.E.L Podcast ,

Great conversation about taking stigmas off mental health

I had a great conversation with Amy, and we had a lot in common in our stories so connected easily. So happy she's having these important conversations and honored to be part of them.

AnonymousAndrewPodcast ,

Great show

Very nicely done podcast about mental illness, particularly like the episode on bipolar disorder, living with bipolar disorder myself I really enjoyed listening to Amy and her guest. Great job Amy keep up the good work.

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Fascinating topics

I love the topics and the evidence shared in these episodes. I love learning about how individuals think differently and this helps you get in different head spaces. Love it!

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