Today I began training at the Brain Performance Institute
with The University of Texas at Dallas
to get a certificate in EMOTIONAL Intelligence.
It was such an eye opening experience
seeing the OPPOSITE side of GRATITUDE.
And... even though I've been studying the brain
every single day for many years now,
I am always in awe at the amount of knowledge
that continues to unfold daily
about our AMAZING BRAINS.
EMOTIONS are always a hot topic when you discuss relationships.
And, instinctively we know that they can MAKE or BREAK not only our day;
but also impact our attitude toward every interaction.
However, I was totally unaware (until today)
of how LONG it takes our brains to
regain their full THINKING capacity
after we've had a negatively charged emotional situation.....
even if that situation involved NO WORDS!
So....GET READY..... wait for it....... you're not going to believe this......
it takes 18 MINUTES
for the chemicals produced in the brain
(after a negative EMOTIONAL situation)
to get back to a place where we have
our FULL, BEST, THINKING abilities.
I don't know about you,
but I don't have 18 minutes to waste.
However, now I see
why things often go from Bad to Worse
in the middle of an EMOTIONALLY charged moment-
Which makes... Controlling the MIND, vitally important.
I will be talking more in the next few weeks about the ways
we can REGAIN our highest and best thinking abilities,
but..... at the very top of that list
is a DEEP breath and a few moments of MINDFUL Awareness,
(which we were also privileged to get to participate in today as well).
WOW oh WOW what a MIND-BLOWING day!
So.... the next time you feel yourself getting emotionally agitated,
STOP and take a deep breath.
Though we've all heard about how BREATHING can change our heart rate,
few people realize it also alters the oxygenation capacities in the BRAIN
.....especially in an upsetting moment.
And.....here's a little unsolicited TIP:
DON'T TALK when you're MAD....
because more than likely.... you'll regret it!
And.... now I know why,
it takes 18 minutes to get your chemicals
back to ideal thinking mode
(unless you train your brain to change) !
15 minutes of Mindful Meditation
can relax the BRAIN as much as an hour of sleep,
and some research shows it's like a cleaning for your brain.
So, give it a try.
There are tons of options for free guided
relaxation meditations online to choose from.
Find one that works for you.... and give your BRAIN a bath!
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!