More and more people are suffering from Alpha blocks and after answering 3 consecutive support tickets on this very topic, I've decided to address it publicly.
So what is an Alpha Block?
An Alpha block is a persistent and ongoing reduction Alpha brainwave activity.
Why is this a Problem?
Alpha Brainwave activity is associated with lighter meditative states. Associated with super learning. Relaxed yet alert but not necessarily engaged in active processing. Ready to respond, positive thinking, creative problem solving. Mood elevation, stress reduction, enhanced creativity, bridges the consciousness with the unconscious mind, better access to resources involved in creativity, can be a ource of motivation and inspiration
When people experience an Alpha block, all the positive things that are associated with Alpha Brainwave Activity may become diminished. Some positive aspects may even disappear altogether.
What are the symptoms?
Here are common symptoms that people may experience when their Alpha Brainwave activity is blocked. Some people will experience one or more of the following.
· The little things seem to create inappropriate irritation and frustration
· Confusion / Brain fog. Trouble keeping track of things and poor memory.
· Difficulty learning new things
· More stress than usual
· Even simple everyday tasks seem overwhelming
· Inability to make decisions
· Irrational negativity that just won’t stop
· Diminished problem solving
· Very little seems exciting
· Sudden onset of extreme fatigue
· Trouble falling asleep
· Trouble waking up
· More fearful than usual
· Tendency to self-medicate more with drugs and alcohol
· Saying things that you later regret
Understanding the causes of Alpha Blocks.
Alpha blocks are becoming more and more common partially because of over exposure to negative stimulation (media) combined with less exposure to positive stimulation, increasing what I call “Diminished and Dysfunctional Alpha”.
I say partially because in my experience, most Alpha blocks require some sort of chronic stress, fear, overwhelm and / or past or present trauma to take hold. (Not always, but mostly).
It is important to note that most people that suffer from chronic stresses are mostly unaware of it because of the onset is usually gradual and people have a tendency to accept it as a normal part of life.
When chronic stress or past / present trauma is involved, it is essential that they be lessened or completely resolved either be eliminating the root cause or by learning new adaptive strategies.
This part is crucial because chronic stress, PTSD and other unresolved trauma keeps the limbic system in an over active state where it does not have a chance to unwind and thus prevents physical and emotional recovery.
The Action Plan
If you suspect that you have an Alpha block, here is an action plan that has worked well in my practice.
Limit exposure to negative media and messages. Increase your exposure to positive media and messaging.
During an exclusive training, I was shown the physical impact of just one negative message on the bodies’ neurology. I was given one negative message and was given several muscle tests. The results were mind blowing. My entire physical system suffered a significant loss in energy.
Shortly afterwards, I was given a series of positive messages and then same muscle tests were given again. The results were dramatic. Not only did I recover my lost energy but became stronger than my baseline measurement.
As a result of this training we learned that the vast majority of people significantly underestimate the impact of negativity and significantly overestimate their ability remain unaffected negative to messaging.
On the flip side, people significantly tend to underestimate the positive impact of positive messaging and overestimate their ability to function in the absence of positive messaging.
The old adage “garbage in, garbage out” is far more valid than you may have ever thought.
I have found that broad spectrum Alpha stimulation is very helpful. I find 10Hz, 10.5Hz 11Hz and 12 Hrz sprinkled with a little bit of 8Hz and 9Hz is most effective.
I recommend 30 minutes of broad spectrum alpha stimulation with your eyes closed giving it your full attention. 30 minutes, two to three times per day. Use with headphones. I also find that a combination of binaural beats and Isochronic tones is more effective than just one or the other.
Here is one that you can download for free. Click here! (opens a new window)
If you are not familiar with Audio / Video brainwave stimulation, you may want to take it slow and gradually ramp up to my recommendations. Before using any of my technology, please read my technology disclaimer here.
Use video stimulation sessions in the Alpha range. 7 minutes to 14 minutes, once or twice a day works well in addition to the audio stimulation. Many of my Passive Brain Fitness Videos are perfect for this.
My Smarter in 7 Minutes Passive Brain Fitness Video that is offered for free may provide some help but it was not designed for this specifically. You can get here if you don't already have it.
I’ll be making a collection of Passive Brain Fitness Videos in the coming weeks that are designed specifically to help with Alpha blocks. I’ll let you know when they are ready. If you’re a member of my Passive Brain Fitness Membership, you’ll be getting these automatically as part of your membership
Don’t use video stimulation if you have any risk factors for epilepsy or seizures.
Begin addressing the root causes of chronic stress and / or trauma.
Finding a therapist that specializes in stress / trauma is great idea. The only problem with one on one therapy is that for many, it is financially out of reach. Good therapist can be very expensive, ranging in price from $145 to $500+ / an hour.
If you don’t know what the root causes are and / or you can’t afford to seek out a good therapist, you can begin to incorporate several adaptive strategies that have proven to lesson and even eliminate chronic stress in some people.
“If a person engages in activities that increase self-confidence, sense of self-worth and overall sense of well-being, then the effect of chronic stress and / or trauma may be reduced enough to completely correct blocked Alpha brainwave activity when combined with other strategies.
You can find a list of strategies in Step 5.
Here are some great activities that you can engage in every day that will help induce strong, balanced Alpha brainwaves and may increase your overall sense of happiness.
Engage in Mindfulness Practice every single day.
If you can get up to 14 minutes a day, the research is real positive in its ability to help restore balance and happiness to your life. IF you find it difficult to meditate, consider audio / video brainwave stimulation to help guide you into the mindfulness state.
EFT Trauma codes work well for some people.
Simply think of the thing or situation causing you stress or trauma reaction and tap the codes out 3 times in a row.
Engage in regular acts of random kindness.
The research is undeniable about how this can have a major impact on the production of feel good brain chemicals that contribute to the production of Alpha Brainwave activity.
Focus on gratitude.
What are you grateful for? Chances are if you’re reading this on a computer, you’ve got it better than Billions and Billions of other people on the planet. Be outwardly grateful and thank full for all things great and small. From the air you breathe to the ground beneath your feet. Practice gratitude every day and make it a habit.
Bless people every day.
When I’m feeling stressed, overwhelmed or otherwise beat down, (yes, I have a bad day ever now and again) I go out to a public place like a shopping mall and I silently bless everyone I pass with the following:
“I bless you with peace, prosperity, happiness and health”
If you want to take up a notch, you can say:
“I bless you with ever increasing peace, prosperity, happiness and health now.”
I’ll do a couple laps at the local mall and by the time I’m done, I am feeling like trillion bucks.
I don’t have any research to back this up but it works for me and the vast majority of my clients that actually go in do it. It’s almost magical! You must give it a go.
If you think you are suffering from an Alpha block, there are things you can do about it. I’ve covered a few of them here today. The important thing is that you start with some action, even if it is small step. Get moving and build on your success.
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