Let’s talk about resilience!
💪🏽Resilience is our ability to cope when things go wrong.
😩It’s so easy at time to buckle and succumb to stress and give in to the heavy load of life.
🧠In fact that uncontrolled fear response is the action of our amygdala, our fear processing brain area.
🧠Our amygdala talks to our prefrontal cortex (PFC), that part of our brain that is extremely important for decision making, concentration, breaking down the problem, focusing on the positives, flexible thinking etc.
🧠Our PFC can exert control over our amygdala to tell it that “it’ll be okay”. But sometimes our PFC is not able to suppress that fear response. Our amygdala can then cause our PFC to turn off and cause our brain to go into survival mode.
❓So the question becomes, how do we calm down our pesky, anxious amygdala and turn on our PFC again. Here are some suggestions
🫂(1) Connect with a support system. Friends, family, those who love and support you. That would activate your love brain chemical oxytocin and will promote a healthy response.
🤔(2)Stay flexible and open minded to new ideas, opportunities, and solutions. This would engage your PFC in considering options, flexible thinking and making decisions.
🛑(3) Know your limits and when to ask for help. Spend some time alone to reflect on the big pictures and know that THIS is just a moment in time.
🧘🏽♀️Engage in some self care, mediation and prayer, exercise, and eating healthy. This would help to calm your fear response and the allow yourself space to “think”.
I hope this helps. Take care!