In this episode, Suzanne sets the stage for a six week series focusing on six basic emotions; happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust & surprise. She seeks to squash the stigma of asking for help when it comes to maintaining emotional well-being.
She wants everyone listening to know that it's healthy to FEEL. There are plenty of strategies to help DEAL with big feelings. Dealing with these feelings is truly how we HEAL.
She recommends the Feelings Fitness Formula, yoga + mindfulness = emotional well-being. That being said, a healthy dose of telling your story and/or writing your story can be cathartic as well.
This episode takes a deep dive into the human brain to help us understand why we do what we do and why we feel the way we feel. The primitive brain, the brain chemistry & the more modern brain all play a factor in emotional well-being.
-It has a negativity bias.
-Its default is to search for danger.
-It served our ancestors well as they sought to survive in the wild.
-Amygdala: almond shaped set of neurons in the medial temporal lobe of the brain known to play an important role in the processing of emotions.
-Vagus nerve: a large nerve that sends signals between the brain and the organs
-Cortisol: the body's stress hormone released from the adrenal glands that is responsible for the fight, flight or freeze response.
-Neuroplasticity: the brain's lifetime ability to reorganize itself through new neural connections.
-Due to the primitive brain, humans are anxious & hyper-vigilant even when things are going well.
-When it senses growth, alarm bells go off.
-But, with the knowledge of neuroplasticity thanks to modern science, we now know that the brain is more like a muscle & can grow new connections and create new pathways in order to be successful in todays modern world.
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