"PANIC. TURN UP THE ANXIETY NOW NOW NOW NOW." My brain was trying really hard to get me to panic, and run away, or something. but SOMETHING. It needed action, i was clearly under attack!
But it wasn’t a boulder flying at my skull or an elephant charging. It was old story “I will end up broke, alone and under a bridge if XYZ (it’s a long list) happens!”. But the reaction in my brain and body was pure “attack” by a stress I was perceiving.
Understanding how our brains react to stress can help us calm that reaction, re-assure our brains that we’re safe, protected, nothing is physically attacking us. Then we can turn up the creativity, push that muscle to get creative about our ‘problems’ that are causing us stress. Move our bodies, work the chemical response out. And meditate, relax, get our systems back into a restorative, rest, and digest place. Let our bodies repair the damage, and make us strong again. This is basically the Neurosculpting® process.
We tend to fall down the stess-rabbit hole. As soon as ONE thing goes wrong, the rest of the universe is going to absolutely, without a doubt explode. Right? And the cascade of worse-case scenarios will all play out. That’s a great way to turn a good day into bad one, by focusing on what could go wrong, and what has gone wrong. Not being present.
Clearly, the universe wasn’t going to explode and I wasn’t going to end up broke, alone and under a bridge. I know I am too creative and resourceful to let that happen. And, the key, I keep telling myself that I’m too creative and resourceful, and then my brain switches to “puzzle solving” mode and gets to work (instead of staying it freeze/flight/FIGHT mode).
Understanding how our brains react to stress puts you well ahead of the curve, Neurosculpting® can help with this, and help us react less and be more creative and empathetic.
Now, What was that one thing? A client had to cancel an appointment. No big deal. How can you calm your stress response today? What is your favorite go-to tool to calm down when your triggered?