I LET it go

Prevention (Australia) - - Emotional Health -

HERE ARE SOME EX­AM­PLES OF HOW THE RED AND GREEN BRAIN WORKS:

You can re­spond to the in­ter­nal smoke alarm by ex­am­in­ing what has set it off. Thus, the emo­tion has ful­filled its pur­pose and now your at­ten­tion is fo­cused on what your brain is ‘warn­ing’ you about, it can ‘turn down the vol­ume’ of the sig­nal (the emo­tion). To make this link, say to the emo­tion: ‘It makes per­fect sense that you are here, given the sit­u­a­tion.’

STUCK IN STRESS (RED BRAIN):

Jenny is run­ning late and feels stressed. She thinks to her­self,‘What is wrong with me, why can’t I ever be on time?! I am def­i­nitely go­ing to be late now. I can’t be­lieve it, I am so bad at plan­ning!’ She feels stressed, her breath­ing is shal­low and her mus­cles are tense.

PRO­CESS­ING STRESS (GREEN BRAIN):

Jenny is run­ning late and feels stressed. She says to the emo­tion,‘Hello stress. It makes per­fect sense that you are here, be­cause I am late and I hate be­ing late.’ Then she breathes out, drops her shoul­ders and says,‘I let it go.’ Her breath­ing be­comes deeper, her mus­cles re­lax and she feels calm and in control again.

STUCK IN IN­SE­CU­RITY (RED BRAIN):

Alex be­comes filled with self-doubt at work and feels ner­vous and in­se­cure at meet­ings. He thinks,‘I don’t have the right skills to do this job, I am such a fail­ure and will let ev­ery­one down.’ His self-es­teem and mood quickly drop, neg­a­tively im­pact­ing his abil­ity to think and per­form. When he comes home all he thinks about is work and he iso­lates him­self from his fam­ily more and more.

PRO­CESS­ING IN­SE­CU­RITY (GREEN BRAIN):

Alex be­comes filled with self­doubt at work and feels ner­vous and in­se­cure at meet­ings. He thinks,‘Hello in­se­cu­rity, it makes per­fect sense you are here, given what I have gone through.’ Mem­o­ries of his de­mand­ing fa­ther telling him he was a fail­ure when he did not ex­cel come to his mind. He takes a deep breath, drops his shoul­ders and thinks to him­self,‘I let it go. I don’t have to please my fa­ther any­more and I am not a fail­ure.’ His sys­tem calms down, he re­gains his fo­cus.

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