177. Mind-Body Practices for Stress and Overwhelm with Rebekkah LaDyne

We humans are pretty good at learning from experience, and it turns out, it’s not all in our heads — it’s in our bodies too! In this week’s episode of Psychologists Off the Clock, Rebekkah LaDyne explains how both our minds and our bodies learn from stressful experiences. Rebekkah talks with our co-host, Debbie, about how undersupported, overwhelming, and unwanted life events can dictate how we respond to future stress and overwhelm. The learning that takes place in those events can get in the way of effective responding for years to come. Bring your mind and your body, and join us in this episode to learn some body-based practices to help you more effectively respond to stress and overwhelm! 

In this Podcast You’ll Learn:

  • About Rebekkah, Diana, and Debbie’s personal experiences with stress and overwhelm 
  • How day-to-day stress is different from overwhelm 
  • About the process of becoming overwhelmed and what to do when/if you’re there
  • Rebekkah’s expert breakdown of hyper-activation, hypo-activation, and functional activation
  • What’s actually happening and what to do when it feels like you’re spinning out 
  • The important differences between freeze, fight, and flight mode and how they affect you physiologically
  • Why “thinking your way out” of overwhelm doesn’t work and a few (expert-approved) methods that do
  • Rebekkah’s empirically-based approach to dealing with stress and overwhelm 
  • Practical exercises for returning to a felt sense of ease and well-being


Rebekkah LaDyne

About Rebekkah LaDyne

Rebekkah has spent twenty-five years in the field of embodied well-being.  After working in therapeutic mindfulness for 15 years, she studied Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University and conducted clinical research in somatic self-regulation.  Based on her research in mind-body medicine, her comprehensive training with the Somatic Experiencing Institute, and her decades of professional experience, she authored The Mind-Body Stress Reset, with a foreword by Kathy Kain and endorsed by Peter Levine. 

In addition to her book, she has recorded several wellness CDs, appears on the radio, and YouTube. As a somatic wellness specialist, she meets with clients online from all over the globe in her.  Rebekkah lives with her husband, two daughters, and their puppy-dog in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can learn more about Rebekkah on her website


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Episode 177