Change Your Mood- Change Your Life!
Neuroscience You Can Use!
There is so much information regarding well being - how do you know what is actually true?
One minute moodchangers is based in a philosophy of combining different healing modalities, common practices in different types of therapeutic approaches, and neuroscience putting simple exercises in easy to follow formats that can be accessed at all times to help one shift or change a mood state. The number one question I get in therapy is “how do I make this feeling go away?” Sometimes the lasting solution to that requires healing old wounds or working through past trauma but sometimes a person just needs momentary relief from the discomfort and I have many tricks and tips that I share based on my training to help clients achieve that moment of relief.
Our autonomic nervous system, in charge of generally unconscious bodily functions like breathing, organ function, heart rate is divided in to two branches - the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. As a simplification we can think of the sympathetic nervous system as the part of our nervous system that gets activated when we feel afraid, it moves resources away from immunity and digestion and out to our major muscle groups to prepare us for fight/flight/freeze/faint. Sympathetic arousal helps keep us alive because it energizes us when we recognize a threat in our environment. Often this happens so quickly it is primarily unconscious. The parasympathetic branch of our nervous system is active when we are relaxed and our resources then go toward cellular repair, digestion, immunity, etc.
Intentionally engaging our parasympathetic nervous system is a great way to regulate mood and achieve relief from stress. The more practiced we become at activating the parasympathetic nervous system the easier it becomes.
These exercises are meant to provide a framework for things that one may do in the moment, called micro-interventions in the therapy world to help regulate your nervous system and improve mood. These interventions are based on neuroscience research and have been proven to help by initiating the relation response and/or improving mood.
Well being is in fact a practice. Unfortunately we are hard wired to remember more negative experiences in our life because that helps keep us safe, it has evolutionary benefit. All this means then is that to maintain emotional balance and well being it must become a practice just like exercising and you will benefit.
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Rebecca Boedges, MA, MS, LCMHC