Greg's Story: "Buzzies have been absolutely vital and intricate into my daily life"

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Greg is a veteran who was deployed twice to Iraq and three times to Afghanistan. He also helped manage the Ebola crisis and helped build West Africa's first carbon negative power grid. Greg started using Buzzies for job related stress, but now uses them for everyday, mundane issues. Listen to his Buzzies story and read the transcript of the full interview below:

"A little context about myself, is I’m a veteran, I’ve got two deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan. I responded to Eboloa, the Ebola crisis a couple years ago. And, I helped build West Africa’s first carbon negative power grid. So, I have this kind of like stressful job, and I’ve always sought stress inoculation from the Serin Center with Dr. Serin. So, I was one of the early adapters of the Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile, the BLAST, which Buzzies are a vehicle for administering. And, it started out with obviously stressful situations dealing with work, and now I’ve evolved to a point where I’m using Buzzies for mundane everyday things. So, I’ve come to find that things like procrastination before a work out or a run, if I feel like I don’t want to go, I’ll use Buzzies to put myself in the right mentality and move forward. Sending emails, I’m a writer as well, and its hard for me sometimes to put my mind on paper and then press that out. You know, that anxiety, that inhibition to hit send on certain emails is something that Buzzies help alleviate, and I’m able to act faster. So, you know, I’ve been exploring stress inoculation through Dr. Serin’s methods, and Buzzies have been absolutely vital and intricate into my daily life and performance. 

I use Buzzies in the morning when I wake up and I get ready, it’s one of those times when nobody is really around, you know, I put my Buzzies on. I use them before hitting send on important emails, I use them when I talk to my boss, and then I try to use them when I go to bed as a way to try to lower my stress level to enhance sleep.

The interesting part is that I’ve been able to start projecting out. So, there’s been times where I haven’t had my Buzzies, and I get an upsetting email or you know, a phone call or something, and I can then go 'If I had my Buzzies on, how would I see this?' So, the Buzzies have helped me identify where fear comes from and how that affects my thinking. There has been a fundamental and dynamic shift in how I view problems because of prolonged use of Buzzies."

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