Respond, Dont React.
Thoughts and Feelings
Stress Response Vs Reaction
We are continually bombarded by thoughts. They are like bubbles in a boiling pot of water, continuously asking for us to pay attention to them. The bad news is that too many thoughts can cripple us into anxiety and depression. The good news is, like those bubbles in that boiling pot, they dissipate on their own if you know how to relate to them. Even though it can sometimes feel like it, our thoughts are not who we are. Most of them are random and insignificant. We teach young people how to observe their thoughts without getting suffocated by them. Once you see that you are not your thoughts, you can find the space to observe them impersonally without wanting to change or run away from them. This creates the harmony needed for creativity and critical thinking. It is a way of building mental resiliency in a world that continues to stretch young people’s threshold.
Stress isn’t always a bad thing, it can actually be handy for a burst of energy and focus. When it’s continuous, however, it actually begins to affect brain size, structure and function. It particularly increases activity level in the brain’s fear centre; The Amygdala. This has an effect of reducing our ability to learn and remember things. We teach young people how to change their relationship with their stress in order to change how they react to it. We teach them how to stop and pause in the face of chaos. How to stretch the time between something happening to them and how they react to it. We teach them the breath’s amazing power to house their stress in a broader perspective. We teach them how to be proactive instead of reactive in the face of stressful times.