Do you experience depression or anxiety? Have you had one or more losses or grief that you can’t seem to get over?
This morning on Voices for Healing Talk Radio, my guest, Linda Graham, MFT, and I discussed her book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being. Linda’s book is filled with information about the latest brain neuroscience, attachment theory, mindfulness, and dozens of exercises you can use to rewire your brain for a calmer, clearer approach to life challenges.
Resiliency is the capacity to cope with problems, challenges, and crises that arise in the course of our lives. Being resilient involves learning how to cope with the very natural internal turmoil our brains and bodies undergo during stress AND being more skillful at handling what is required of us out in the world as we deal with the events. Our early connections with caregivers wire into our brains information about how to cope with the world around us. When our attachment is secure and healthy and we feel loved and connected, we develop one set of adaptive skills and if our attachment is less secure we may respond to problems with confusion or being stuck. The good news is that brains have what we call neuroplasticity–the ability to change. Through expanding our toolkit of responses to life events, we can change our habits and rewire our brains for higher level responses.
During our hour together, Linda shared two exercises you can use to increase your adaptive response to stressors. Her Hand On Heart exercises releases the feel good hormone oxytocin. Cultivating gratitude is another exercise that will rewire your brain with 30 days of daily practice. Here’s a link to Bouncing Back:
If you haven’t already listened to this interview, I hope you will. Practical, informative, healing.
Until next time, transform loss, embrace vitality.
All the best,