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For this Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast you should just let yourself relax, let go of all expectations, and tune in. You can even practice being bored, because one part of the secret to self-regulation is that it’s all about embracing your boringness (Spoiler alert, Sara gets bored at the end). Another way of putting this, is that the deep secret to self-regulation (which John shares in this episode) is to repeatedly focus on one comforting thing that is—or becomes—boring (for you science types, that means focusing in on one comforting stimulus). Another big part of the secret to self-regulation is mindful acceptance. Of course, you probably know that mindful acceptance is from Buddhist philosophy, but the concrete application of mindful acceptance involves accepting the fact that you will always get distracted and won’t ever be able to meditate or use progressive muscle relaxation perfectly. You can only strive to be imperfectly mindful (and you shouldn’t even strive to hard for that).
If you make it through this podcast episode without falling asleep, then you might be able to answer one of the following questions:
- According to Herbert Benson, What are the four parts of the “relaxation response.”
- What’s the problem with counting sheep as a method for dealing with insomnia?
- What was the spiritual mantra that John shared?
And if you can answer one of these questions and be the first person to post it on our Facebook page, then you will win something—something in addition to having that warm, positive feeling of having been the first person to post the answer.
Length of Episode
27 minutes, 21 seconds
Digital File Format
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Sommers-Flanagan, John and Polanchek, Sara, "The Secret Self-Regulation Cure (Seriously, this time)" (2018). Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast. 3.