“Emotional regulation is key for any change whether we are being proactive or reactive.”
If we understand that change really works against some pretty well-laid pathways in the brain, we can revise the way that we view and enact change in our lives on almost every level. This understanding of why change is difficult or scary, and why we tend to resist change in general, makes sense of why many people give up on making positive changes in their lives, particularly after a few failed attempts.
We know that the brain can change with awareness, effort, and focus.
We know it changes as a result of experiences, thoughts, and emotions. All of these combined elements support the capacity of our brain (and therefore our lives) to change through the concept of neuroplasticity. Our entire nervous system is impacted and responds to our thoughts and emotions at all times. Looking at change through this lens revolutionizes our ability to effectively create change.
Given that change activates the brain in various ways, consider implementing strategies that will calm those parts of the brain. We call these Brain Hacks. These hacks, along with our principles for success and the Do’s and Don’ts to follow, will create a balanced approach for lasting change. These are the missing pieces to many people’s efforts to change.
Emotional regulation is key for any change whether we are being proactive or reactive.
We make the best decisions, have the best opportunity for learning, and retain information most effectively when we are operating from a regulated, or healthy mental/emotional state. To build this emotional regulation, you must start with The Foundation listed below.
- Get enough sleep and rest, and strive for work/life balance.
- Exercise regularly – daily if possible. Get up and move your body at least once an hour.
- Eat a balanced diet, eat regularly (a protein, carbohydrate and fat every 2-3 hours is optimal to regulate blood sugars which can help dampen anxiety), and drink enough water.
- Practice stress reduction techniques and self-care including daily laughter, playfulness, and healthy engagement with others.
If your physical needs of nutrition, activity, and sleep are met, you are already in the best place to start making change in a more resourced way.