Self-regulation (the ability to manage emotions and behaviors in the face of trauma) is the foundation of resilience, Walter said.
When we feel dangerous, the brain activates the sympathetic nervous system, fights or flees, or evokes a response. Other parts of the brain are turned off to deal with the stress.
“It’s like a zebra on a grassy plain,” said Walter. “They graze. It’s nice, warm and relaxing, you really relax your body. Then they see the danger of lions – and take off immediately. “
She said the zebra would return and relax again once the danger was over. And the appropriate human is a way for the parasympathetic nervous system to put our body back into relaxation mode when we feel that we are no longer at risk.
“The difference between animals and humans is that when we make this lion appear in our lives, we may take off or fight, but then we put our memories, emotions and thoughts in jeopardy. Associate. So when I see something similar, I start to think that it is dangerous. “
Sometimes new dangers become a reality. It can also respond to past trauma. Therefore, the first step is to teach people to be impulsive and unresponsive.
Lawrence Rozner, a member of Peeran’s nonprofit organization Painted Brain, drew a parody of Mission: Impossible. In this parody, the nose plugs a USB drive into a computer port.
“When you’re always stressed, upset, and dangerous, the brain shutdown part is your judgment, your creativity, and your systematic decision-making,” said Walter.
Sure, you can do about 30 minutes of yoga or listen to music, but often you don’t have the time. Walter suggested getting in the habit of scanning from head to toe and taking 5-10 seconds to relax all of the muscles in the body.
Many people think that relaxing the body in meditation is part of breathing that is muscle relaxation. And that 50 times a day, all day long.
“Now when you are facing stressors, deadlines, difficult bosses, co-workers, family, you can relax and face trauma and take 5 seconds to change your brain wiring forever. Said Walter. “That frees you from the fearful old hamster circle.”