The Ultrahuman Podcast #29 Unlocking High Mental Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen

#29 Unlocking High Mental Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen
The Ultrahuman Podcast

Performing at high stakes isn’t easy. Mental toughness can go for a toss and keeping calm and having composure can become an issue. We certainly need help to train our minds to deal with pressure efficiently. In today’s episode, Dr. Friesen shares how we can go about this. He equips us with handy tools and tips for us to implement and execute in our daily routine. We hope you find this extremely useful. Become a Cyborg today.

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VIDEO: How to prevent thinking from ruining your sleep – Optimizing Sleep Part 17

Do you struggle with turning your mind off in order to sleep?

In this video, I go over 4 strategies that can help you stop your mind from ruminating, worrying, or getting stuck in other forms of thinking when you’re trying to sleep.

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This is the 2nd video in my last series of videos on the 3rd major cause of suboptimal sleep, Cognitive OverActivation.​​

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LEGENDARY LIFE PODCAST – Beating Burnout: The Secret To Solving The Stress Cycle & Achieving More In Business & Life with Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D.

The answer to dealing with stress is not avoiding it, not only because it is not possible, but because stressful situations are necessary. Without stressful times, tough or bad times, good times cannot exist. It is the Law of Contrasting.

However, that doesn’t mean we must seek stressors or provoke them; we must learn how to deal with stress in the healthiest way possible.

In this episode, the psychologist, clinical, forensic, and neuropsychologist Dr. Chris Friesen reveals how neuroticism and susceptibility to negative emotions and stress affect our health and fitness. He explains why lack of motivation and self-discipline show up and why we must learn to deal with anxiety instead of trying to resist it.

He delves into common misconceptions about ADHD and why so many people think they suffer from it.

Dr. Friesen goes through the Law of Contrasting, which explains why stress is unavoidable and necessary, why we must strive for satisfaction instead of happiness, how to transition from the productivity mode, and much more. Listen now!

Today’s Guest
Chris Friesen

Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D. is a psychologist who has always been fascinated by what makes people successful. He is a licensed clinical, forensic, and neuropsychologist but now primarily helps professional, national/Olympic, and up-and-coming elite athletes, as well as other high achievers such as professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, academics, and writers, achieve their personal and professional potential.

He is currently director of Friesen Sport & Performance Psychology, a contributor for Success Magazine, and author of ACHIEVE: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, And How To Make It Happen.

VIDEO: Can’t Turn Your Mind Off in Order to Sleep? Try This! – Optimizing Sleep Part 16

Do you struggle with turning your mind off in order to sleep?

In this video, I review how to deal with a chattering mind. I teach you how to stop yourself from getting hooked by, fused with, or caught up in your thoughts, worries, ruminations, and feelings when trying to sleep.

With practice, you will strengthen a function of your mind known as Meta-Cognition (aka the Observing Self). Over time, you’ll find that you’ll be less and less of a victim to your mind’s whims when you try to sleep.

This is the first video in my last series of videos on the 3rd major cause of suboptimal sleep, Cognitive Over-Activation.​​

Note, this is also one of the best strategies to help you deal with unhelpful thoughts (e.g., worry and rumination) and feelings (e.g., irritability, anxiety, low mood) during the day that pull you away from the present moment or what you should be focusing on.

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VIDEO: The best sleep strategy you never heard of – Optimizing Sleep Part 15

In this video, I review one of the best neurological strategies to improve your sleep.

If you’ve tried all the other strategies I’ve outlined in my Optimizing Sleep series and are still struggling with sleep, you may want to check out Sensory Motor Rhythm (SMR) Neurofeedback.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any good consumer home neurofeedback devices that focus on SMR training.

If you’re interested in trying SMR neurofeedback for sleep, your best bet is to find a licensed healthcare practitioner (e.g., a psychologist) who is board-certified in EEG Biofeedback (aka Neurofeedback) through the only certification body, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA.org).

To find a practitioner in your area, visit: https://www.bcia.org/index.php?option=com_mcdirectorysearch&view=search&id=2003192#/

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By blending neuroscience, physiology, and peak performance strategies we help #leaders​, talent, #athletes​, and organizations overcome these barriers and achieve results they’ve never seen before.

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VIDEO: Is Your Attitude Toward Sleep the Problem? Optimizing Sleep Part 14

I just published my 7th sleep video on Physiological Activation (PA).

This one is also short and sweet (6-minutes). In this video, I review the best psychological strategy to relax your brain & body in order to sleep.

Sleep only comes when we stop trying and instead ALLOW our body to sleep. To do this, we need to change our attitude towards falling asleep.

If you want to check out the rest of my Sleep for Optimal Performance videos click on this link: shorturl.at/uvDJ8

If you want to see some of my other videos, check out my YouTube channel:

Friesen Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen

If you like any of my videos, please hit the like button on the video, and, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel.

Best Strategy to Relax & Sleep

VIDEO: THE Best way to Relax Your Nervous System for Sleep. Optimizing Sleep Part 13

I just published my 6th sleep video on Physiological Activation (PA).

This one is short and sweet (5-minutes). In this video, I review the best strategy to relax your brain & body in order to sleep.

This is known as Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) breathing which has been shown to activate your “vagal brake”, or what’s known as the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS).

If you feel too keyed up to sleep, do this for 20-60 minutes within an hour or so of bedtime and see how you feel.

If you want to check out the rest of my Sleep for Optimal Performance videos click on this link: shorturl.at/uvDJ8

If you want to see some of my other videos, check out my YouTube channel:

Friesen Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen

If you like any of my videos, please hit the like button on the video, and, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel.

Video: Which Supplements hurt and which help your sleep? Optimizing Sleep Part 12

In this video, I continue with my discussion of the 2nd major cause of sub-optimal sleep, Physiological Activation (PA).

PA refers to when our brain and body are too revved up to sleep. When our sympathetic nervous system (think stress or fight-flight system) is activated.

In this video, I review which supplements may be worsening your sleep and which supplements may help.

I cover vitamin D, CoQ10, DHEA, melatonin, coffee, tea, yerba mate (caffeine & theobromine), garlic, chromium, glycine, valerian, ashwagandha, and magnesium.

To watch it, click on the picture above.

If you want to check out the rest of my Sleep for Optimal Performance videos click on this link: shorturl.at/uvDJ8

If you want to see some of my other videos, check out my YouTube channel:

Friesen Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen

If you like any of my videos, please hit the like button on the video and, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel.

Until next time, keep moving forward!

Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCN, BCB, BCB-HRV
Director, Friesen Performance

Website: DrChrisFriesen.com
Twitter: @FriesenPerform
Facebook: @FriesenPerformance
LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/dr-chris-friesen
Email: [email protected]
PERFORM AT YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL by Optimizing Your Psychology, Physiology, & Neurology

More Tips to Improve Sleep by Reducing Physiological Activation - Optimizing Sleep Part 11

VIDEO: More Tips to Improve Sleep by Reducing Physiological Activation – Optimizing Sleep Part 11

In this video, I continue with my discussion of the 2nd major cause of sub-optimal sleep, Physiological Activation (PA).

PA refers to when our brain and body are too revved up to sleep. When our sympathetic nervous system (think stress or fight-flight system) is activated.

In this video, I review more ways to reduce Physiological Activation to improve your sleep, including the best type of evening exercise, how to reduce your core body temperature (which is essential to sleep), and the potential of lavender oil to help us relax and sleep.

If you are a teen, be sure to note the warning about the use of lavender oil at this stage in your life.

To watch it, click on the picture above.

If you want to check out the rest of my Sleep for Optimal Performance videos click on this link: shorturl.at/uvDJ8

If you want to see some of my other videos, check out my YouTube channel:

Friesen Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen

If you like any of my videos, please hit the like button on the video and, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel.

Until next time, keep moving forward!

Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCN, BCB, BCB-HRV
Director, Friesen Performance

Website: DrChrisFriesen.com
Twitter: @FriesenPerform
Facebook: @FriesenPerformance
LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/dr-chris-friesen
Email: [email protected]
PERFORM AT YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL by Optimizing Your Psychology, Physiology, & Neurology

VIDEO: 8 Tips to Keep You Calm in Order to Sleep – Optimizing Sleep Part 10

In this video, I continue with my discussion of the 2nd major cause of sub-optimal sleep, Physiological Activation (PA).

I review how the timing of exercise and dinner affect PA and hence your sleep. I also review how potential evening stressors, such as difficult conversations, work emails, etc. can also activate us physiologically and affect our sleep. I provide 8 tips to help prevent PA that will improve your sleep.

To watch it, click on the picture above.

If you want to check out the rest of my Sleep for Optimal Performance videos click on this link: shorturl.at/uvDJ8

If you want to see some of my other videos, check out my YouTube channel:

Friesen Performance with Dr. Chris Friesen

If you like any of my videos, please hit the like button on the video and, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to my channel.

Until next time, keep moving forward!

Dr. Chris Friesen, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCN, BCB, BCB-HRV
Director, Friesen Performance

Website: DrChrisFriesen.com
Twitter: @FriesenPerform
Facebook: @FriesenPerformance
LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/dr-chris-friesen
Email: [email protected]
PERFORM AT YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL by Optimizing Your Psychology, Physiology, & Neurology