Cultivate Your Resiliency
- 1 hr1 hour
Developing your emotional intelligence and skills you will gain the ability to cope through any situation, without making it worse. OVERVIEW After surviving any adverse experience, positive emotions can feel dangerous for some people. The nervous system interprets them as a threat, and they may begin to panic, freeze, or dissociate ”This is a normal response to an abnormal experience”. The autonomic nervous system is one of the major neural pathways activated by stress. In situations that are often associated with chronic stress (persists for days, weeks, or months), such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the sympathetic nervous system can be continuously activated without the normal counteraction of the parasympathetic nervous system. However, there are effective techniques that can help bring us back to equilibrium. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important to increase your awareness and understanding of what is happening and learn more about factors and skills that promote and preserve your health and well-being during this time. The Bounce Back workshop focuses on developing emotional awareness through identifying when we are emotionally activated and how emotions physically manifest. The intent of this course is to cover educational materials aimed at increasing the use of adaptive coping strategies when faced with a variety of challenges and present-focused coping skills to help participants attain safety in their minds. TARGET AUDIENCE The ongoing pandemic and the isolation at home may mean you are feeling the effects of the “survival brain.” During times of crisis, chaos, and traumatic experiences we enter “survival mode.” When we experience trauma, like a pandemic, the survival brain grows brighter, reacting impulsively for self-preservation. Executive problem-solving skills are dimmed in the interest of immediate safety. SOME SIGNS YOU MAY BE IN “SURVIVAL BRAIN” • Increased emotional expression or dysregulation – crying often, aggression, yelling, depression, etc. • Withdrawn or isolated from others: May stop doing activities they enjoy or engaging in conversations. • Trouble trusting others: lying, stealing, or keeping secrets. • Jumpy, more on edge. • Zoning out, losing focus, not hearing others call out It can be hard to know when you’re in survival brain – especially during prolonged periods of communal trauma, like during a global pandemic. Book your complimentary 1-hour consultation to begin your 12-week path to safety.
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