Hello. It’s Barb Earle Neurotransformational Coach and health and well-being expert on a mission to help you get to know your brain and body better and why it matters
Welcome to day 8 in month’s special edition entitled
Four Steps Boost Mental Health and shift your perspective—pandemic related or not!
To help remember it more easily, I call it the Four Ps:
Pause. Perspective. Practise. Patience.
Today’s episode and this entire week is about the second P— Perspective
Have you noticed when stress-related emotions settle in, we can’t seem to find more than one perspective?
It’s a challenge to think beyond a singular, mono lens viewpoint ~ like the lens is stuck. Yet, our brain is capable of generating unlimited viewpoints, perspectives and possibilities. We can create and look at our world from countless angles. Before this can happen, we need to get our brain back to a more balanced chemical and hormonal state. That’s why taking a pause is so important. It helps balance our brain state and brings us closer to the region in our brain which helps us see different perspectives.
You get a chance to reevaluate, revise and recalculate.
And, being able to see new perspectives over the mono lens of stress also helps us shift toward more effective ways of thinking and doing. This week’s posts are all about how to shift your perspective by asking yourself three questions.
Number one question:
What is important to me in this moment?
In other words—What do I value?
For example, I find a lot of Calgarian drivers seem distracted. They simply are not following the rules of the road. I’ve had to really practise pausing my reactions many many times. Once I’ve slowed down my frustration I try to remind myself what’s important to me. Safety is vital and respect is a very important value to me. The only thing I can do, after making up new swear words, is to make sure I stay alert and get home safely. As for the respect part, hmm, I’ll admit, at times it is challenging for me, I try to respect that perhaps the other person is going through a difficult time and is distracted. It’s then I make a clean get-away!
The answer to this first question acts as a buffer to stress-related emotions. And, it’s possible to get a broader outlook on life which diminishes the singular viewpoint of stress.
See where this takes you today. Bear in mind, this four-step method works in sequence. In order to get a new perspective, you’ll need to pause first. Check out last week’s posts if you need more information on this first step.
This is the way the brain works, and by getting to know it better you’ll become efficient at shifting perspective — pandemic related or not.
Pause. Get perspective. Let the neuroscience of your brain and body do the rest. Join me in the next post to explore the second question.
Enjoy your new perspective!
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