I apologise for blogging twice in one day but I learned some things yesterday that are too good not to share. If I’d been less tired last night I would have rescheduled this mornings post to make way for this one.
Yesterday I started at the University of Cambridge studying post grad Child and Adolescent Counselling. As part of the lectures we learned about the brain and it’s propensity to flip it’s lid sometimes in reaction to emotional overwhelm. Here Dr Daniel Siegel explains it really well as it relates to children and parenting. However sometimes I feel like I’m parenting myself now that I’ve put down the booze pacifier!
As part of our mindfulness practice we were advised to pause and reflect if we found ourselves experiencing difficult emotions and to take time to name the feeling. As Dr Siegel says ‘if we name it, we tame it’. This is a tip from neuroscience as naming your feeling engages a different brain activity and gets your brain to recognise its own reaction and releases a big part of the emotional charge. This seems simplistic but is very efficient when you need to restore emotional equilibrium if it is wobbling and you are about to flip your lid! 😉
I will continue to share anything that I learn about mindfulness here that I think might be useful to you too. More sober tools for the toolbox 🙂