First- Breathe Deeply
Breathing deeply is a key strategy for bouncing back. Research exploring deep (diaphragmatic) breathing and cortisol reminds us to do what babies naturally do. Breathe deeply.
What does this mean for those of us who work with complex kids? Essentially, sometime in our work days, we need to TAKE - 10 - DEEP BREATHS. When will you do this? While driving to work? While eating lunch? Recovering from a difficult moment?
Second - Think Carefully
What we say to ourselves matters. Dr. Rick Hansen has determined that what we say impacts varying parts of our brains. For an over-activated brain, the following statements can help calm us down.
1. I am safe
this calms the fight/flight/freeze/surrender parts of our brain.
2. I have all that I need (to be happy)
this calms the over-activated emotional centres of our brain
3. I am surrounded by people who love me
this calms the pre-frontal cortex
Dr. Becky Bailey adds "I am relaxing", a command to move the body and emotions into a safe, restorative state.