Do You Want To Rewire Your Brain From Stress To Joy?
12th October, 20110 Comments
Be amongst the first in the country to learn how to rewire your brain from stress into joy.
Stress has been linked to just about every physical illness imaginable; whether as a risk factor, a cause, or the triggering event. People experiencing moderate to high levels of stress most of time are at greater risk of many physical health issues, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Stress can also play a role in contributing to psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, anger issues and memory loss (as the cortisol released from our bodies breaks down our brain cells). Being under stress most of the time can lead people to seek relief in a number of unhealthy and dangerous ways such as drinking, smoking, food addiction, and overspending. No wonder it is the one of the biggest concerns that we face as a nation right now!
So, what’s the opposite of stress? JOY! Joy does not mean simply being ridiculously happy all the time, but rather it refers to being in a state of homeostasis – where the mind and body are calm and working in conjunction with one another – a healthier state in which stress is more easily tolerated and managed and where you feel more in control of your thoughts, feelings and actions. And when the emotional brain is in balance, everything improves - thoughts, feelings, relationships, behavior and health.
So how do we achieve this elusive state of “joy” in our lives? Well, it is now a lot easier than we once thought. More and more people are waking up to the idea that we have more control over our brains than the experts once thought. We are now more aware that we all have emotional circuits in our brains that are encoded early in life or later on during stress, which essentially control our health and happiness. So, what if could rewire those circuits to work with us rather than against us? We can! This is what the tools of Emotional Brain Training (EBT) teach us to do.
EBT originated over thirty years ago out of research being done at the University of California, San Francisco and has being going strong in the US ever since. It draws its influence from a number of psychological theories, including attachment theory, psychotherapy, stress management programmes, and neuroscience. Under the umbrella of neuroscience comes the concept of “self-directed neuroplasticity,” one of the key components of EBT. We know, for example, that some areas of the brain are more “plastic” or flexible than others and that we can rewire or change some of our circuitry to be able to more naturally move into a state of joy.
Knowing that we have the ability to change our brain states, feelings and beliefs - even some of those things that were installed in us from when we were children - is very exciting. It means that we no longer have to fall victim to the things that cause us stress; we no longer have to turn to external, negative solutions (like overeating) to give us pleasure. We can instead be more in control of how we perceive ourselves and the world around us by finding all the joy and pleasure from within ourselves. We can live more often in a balanced, homeostatic state.
EBT goes a long way towards teaching you tools that you can consciously use on a day to day to basis to change your brain state from a Level 5 (extremely stressed) to a Level 1 (calm and balanced); thus empowering you to use your own software (conscious mind) to change your hardware (unconscious mind). And the best way to learn these techniques and get the most benefit out of them, the research has shown, is by using the tools with other people and in a group setting.
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