The 1-Minute Method to Bring You Back to Balance
This is what really happens when we’re stressed and one of the quickest ways to get out of it.
Because we’re in such a high amount of stress at all times, our stress bucket is FULL! Things send us over the edge into anger, anxiety, or even full-blown panic! The triggers that send us over the edge are rooted in our subconscious.
Something happened in our past where we didn’t feel safe, and now our system is running an old program to do its best to keep us alive.
Because of this our subconscious OVERGENERALIZES. It says, “This seems a little bit like that other thing that happened, so quick – run the program, RUN THE PROGRAM!”
Here’s a 1-minute video about what happens when the program runs when we’re in a state of high stress. (The example is about war, but exchange it for any of life’s big challenges and you’ll get the picture. What happens within the body-mind is the same.)
Not only are old programs running, but experiments have been done where scientists have hooked people up to electrodes at different spots around their brains while they think about something stressful. What they found was that in a high state of stress, there is a lot of activity in one hemisphere of the brain. If the problem is highly emotional, the right hemisphere. If logic/analysis is required (like trying to figure out your taxes or even gathering all the materials your tax person needs to do them for you), activity is focused in the left side of the brain.
This brain gym activity developed by the Educational Kinesiology Foundation balances the hemispheres of the brain and brings us back to a balanced, or “whole-brain” state.
Here’s how to bring yourself into balance in about 1 minute.
After doing the process for about a minute, stop and check. Assess how you feel. In many instances, this is all that it takes! If you still feel out of balance, out of sorts, or off-kilter, do it again – this time for longer. It may take 2-5 minutes to shift your brain state.
Now that you have such an easy-to-use tool in your toolbox, use it often!
It’s one of those things that you can do while taking “an adult time-out.”
Kelli worked with one woman who used this tool successfully a few minutes before the drop/off pick/up kid exchange with her ex-husband. She was in such a balanced state that she was able to avoid the arguments and internal rage she used to feel during those times.
It’s also good for children and adults to do before learning activities to absorb the most material!
Use it before work presentations, before family events (or during!), before going into stressful environments (like events with lots of people), or any other time you think you can use more internal balance. Even if you’re out and about, you can either do this in your car while seated, or excuse yourself to the restroom, lock the door, do the process in there, and voila! You are good to go!!! Woooo hooooo!!!!!