If you are anything like me, as I sit working at my computer I start to lose it! Consciousness that is!
I start feeling zoned out, tired, foggy thinking, and my ability to create decreases.
That’s why I created the NeuroMindSHIFT™ Process – From Chaos to Harmony – to help you stay alert, focused, creative, experience clarity, communicate compassionately, being aware, and more productive.
Here’s what I feel is the best way to “wake up” when you are working and feel groggy.
Get up and move. Move around and shake it off. This will get you back into the space of NOW and quiet the amygdala of fear.
The amygdala resides in the limbic area of the brain. It is a small almost shaped structure in the body that is one of the components of the stress response of the fight or flight.
It acts like the body’s smoke detector.
“Uh-oh, here comes trouble – says the amygdala – Fire fire fire!”
The adrenaline pumps, your muscles tense, your heart rate and blood pressure increase.
This is an ancient survival technique of the body that is activated by threat. It worked well for our ancestors when facing a tiger but for us today many of the stressors are not lions, tigers and bears but the rush of our schedule, the dressing-down of a boss, a project deadline, a traffic jam and daily commute.
But over time in our modern world, that chronic stress and busy-ness, putting out “little fires” leads to feeling depleted and exhausted.
This becomes a way of being and your brains creative center is deemed “non-essential” and shuts down therefore affecting problem solving, your creative skills and intuition and you may experience Increased irritability, feel isolated, impatient, relationship challenges, and perhaps a weakened immune system.
But moving is a great way to decrease that stress response. Moving or stretching moves blood back out of the limbs and back into our core which initiates the parasympathetic nervous system for calming and cooling and says to the brain – “No need to be frightened or anxious. All is well here.”
So before giving a presentation, or heading into a meeting you’re a bit anxious about, or making your sales calls go for a quiet stroll, moving your arms, take some deep breaths and say to your amygdala – “I’ve got this!”
Until next time, keep moving and keep your dreams alive, your hopes high, and your outlooks positive.
All the B.E.S.T. & Blessings,