Rewiring Anxiety and Tinnitus-Neuroplasticity Nugget #2 Interview with Joey Remenyi

Hello everyone, today I want to share with you this 
amazing conversation that I had with Joey Rameny.    She's a vestibular audiologist 
and a Neuroplasticity specialist,   and we spoke for over an hour about how you 
can rewire the brain to heal from disorders   like tinnitus and vertigo and these are disorders 
that doctors have basically said were untreatable   but she's developed this research-backed 
process that's basically the same process   for working with anxiety and other disorders.  
Now I just want to give you a short snippet, a   neuroplasticity nugget, if you will, on how you are 
the ceo of your brain and like me, Joey talks about   the brain as if it was another person, so this 
makes me smile real big because I do that too.   The full interview is on my podcast, by the way I 
have a podcast, it's called Therapy in a Nutshell   and you can check that out and Joey's got a book 
detailing her step-by-step process with a bunch of   free resources on her website and again the link 
to that is in the description.

Okay so real quick,   here's Joey. We're basically the ceo of our inner 
world like you know we're telling our brain what's   important, what's not important, you know which 
which guys and girls are spunky and sexy and you   know like we're on the lookout all the time and 
this is part of our survival mechanisms as human   beings and a and anxiety is actually what's kept 
us safe and it's protected us from say tigers and   violence, so it has a healthy place, but what we need 
to do when we take control and take power back   of our inner world we need to actually teach 
the brain that those tinnitus noises or those   sadness feelings or those vertigo and dizziness 
feelings or anxiety feelings, they're all normal   and safe, they're false alarms, they're not true, life-threatening situations or triggers and   when we're resisting and fighting them, 
I'll just use the example of tinnitus,   the same goes for dizziness, if I wake up every 
day and like 'oh my god is it there, is it there   is it there, okay I've got to take my pill, I've 
got to use my device, I've got to talk about it   I've got to tell my friends, I've got to go to 
a doctor, I've got to book another appointment.'   All of those behaviors and thoughts and 
words are telling the brain this is super   abnormal, it's a problem right.

Your brain doesn't 
actually speak English, so all the brain gets is   'Joey wants to focus on this, she loves her 
tinnitus, I'm going to help her out and put   more neural power there and make it louder so she 
can hear it better because she's really into this tinnitus, it's like all she's thinking about, so if 
Joey wants to hear it, I'll help her, more neural   allocation over there let's make it louder'. So, my 
brain helps me to focus on it by making more of it.  When we resist something and put emotional 
allocation into it, which is often fear and hatred,    the brain responds by going 'you're super into that, 
so I'll give it more neural energy', and if we reverse   that to 'it's no big deal, whatever, I'm super 
neutral about it, I have no emotion attached to   it', the brain's like 'yeah she's not interested so 
I'm not going to put more neural activity there'.   'I'll put more neural activity to where Joey's 
focusing', which might be connecting to her friends   and creating a new band.

'She wants to make a new 
band, so I'm going to start putting all my neural   emphasis onto finding musicians'. So its like we teach our 
brain what to emphasize and what to make louder.   Because we're looking at making conscious, 
healing neuroplasticity changes, the kind of   emotions we're looking for is: celebration, self-
reassurance, self-acceptance, self-compassion, we   want those emotions to be just blissing out. (Okay)
That means we've got more dopamine, more oxytocin,   more of that yummy, juicy brain chemistry that 
gives us more bang for our buck right. (Yeah yeah)  So but basically your neurons communicate kind 
of like fingertips and two arms they're passing   messages, I've got my baby's little toy here. 
Neurotransmitter chemicals are moving from one   neuron to the next, they're captured by receptors 
and if there's enough of that message it will   carry on to the next neuron and you'll have 
messages moving up and down your body all day long   with these little chemicals passing between them. 
The more neurons pass messages, the better they   get at it and, so for my clients who don't feel 
normal anymore and they feel completely abnormal   and sick and dizzy and full of tinnitus, they need 
to rebuild normal neural networks by teaching the   neurons to pass the normal feeling neurochemicals 
from neuron to neuron with more synchronicity,   with more frequency, with more intensity, with 
more duration, so they can hardwire it and then   that new normal becomes their automated resting 
state, they no longer need to put effort in right,   and you might say 'what does that look like?' 
Well, instead of focusing on getting rid of the   dizziness, tinnitus or anxiety etc., they first of 
all, step one, would be identify what you want to   feel, what are your desired sensations to feel 
normal? Not what you don't want to feel which   you know it's easy, but that'll keep you stuck.

common ones, that you feel calm, relaxed, confident,   adventurous, enthusiastic, like people often lose 
their vigor for life, they're like I just    it yeah, I want to feel like I wake up in the 
day and I'm actually excited about what's going   to happen. That's, for them, might be feeling 
normal, so they have to figure out how to get   those excitement neurons going so their therapy 
practice or their rock steady toolkit would be   'what things could I do to help me feel genuinely 
excited, to release those neural messages?' right.   So then that becomes their home practice and with 
time, frequency, repetition and with all of these   emotional regulation tools to make sure they don't 
kind of go backwards into the old, chronic   loops, they return to normal and neuroplasticity 
is something we are born with.

The human brain has   billions of neurons, trillions of synaptic 
connections, so much adaptability, redundancy and   robustness. I think most people, myself included, 
we don't realize how powerful we are, we don't   realize how much we can co-create the inner world 
we're living in enough perception of the world   and we often just sit back with a status quo and 
be the person we think we should be and kind of   live this numbed out life of good enough or 
'am I good enough' question mark and I think   neuroplasticity enables us to really understand 
'who am I authentically on this planet?' 'what are my   values?', 'how can I align to those?', 'how can 
I be the best version of me on the planet?', connect to  community and have great cascade impact on this 
earth? It's like really going beyond the individual   and into the collective and I think a lot of my 
clients start feeling victims of their sensations   and come out the other side really wanting to give 
back to the planet.

It's quite amazing, it's quite   remarkable. That's really cool! I love that. In the 
rest of the interview we talk about how focusing   on what you do want, what's most valuable to you 
that starts that pathway to healing and that fires   up neuroplasticity and how using a body scan and 
gentle compassion and openness without judgment   toward your unpleasant sensations, like tinnitus 
or anxiety, how those processes can help your brain   rewire and heal and I'm working on two 
videos right now to go into a lot more detail   into that process of letting go of the struggle 
with anxiety and opening up to those uncomfortable   sensations of anxiety because I really think if 
there was only one skill that I could teach you,   it would be that one. So stay tuned to this 
channel, watch for those upcoming videos   and if you'd like to learn more about Joey, 
please check out the links in the description.

   I'd also like to thank Better Help 
for sponsoring this video they offer   professional, licensed counseling at a very 
affordable rate around $65 dollars a week and   you can interact with these counselors on 
your phone through messaging, through video   sessions and other other ways of contacting 
them, so check out the link in the description   and I hope you all have a wonderful day. 
Thank you for watching and take care.


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