One of my superpowers as a coach is explaining why the techniques I use work, according to the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology.
And I want to apply some of this thinking to what's going on right now.
We are living through a period of immense stress. Stress gets a bad rap today but STRESS IS ESSENTIAL because without stress, we don't grow.
Because we are under immense stress, we are in a period of HEIGHTENED NEUROPLASTICITY 🧠💪💪🏽💪🏿 aka whatever we do right now will have lasting impact on our brain development.
Anyone who's dabbled in developmental psych knows that the two biggest spurts of brain development are in the first two years of life and adolescence. These two phases are also times of immense stress.
It is 100% true that we are living through a period of UNPRECEDENTED COLLECTIVE TRAUMA. But that doesn't mean we have to emerge from this period broken and disconnected.
There is another reality you can choose to adopt if you are secure in your home right now.
YOU ARE SAFE and you have been given an UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY FOR INTROSPECTION.
💥Your dreams came true and every event on your social calendar has been canceled.
💥You get to stay home and chill the f out for once in your life.
💥You finally have space to figure out who the hell you are.
💥You finally have time to do the things that nourish you.
When you combine the sense of STRESS we’re all feeling with FOCUS and REST you can leverage this stressful situation for growth. The Hubberman Lab at my alum mater Stanford calls this "self directed adaptive plasticity."
And we’re all in different places between surviving and thriving right now...So if today you're like, OKAY ALYSSA, BUT I CAN BARELY GET OUT OF BED 🙄 then I have something for you too.
Because this is a period of neuroplasticity, ANYTHING you do to soothe yourself (eg sweet words, gentle caresses) when you feel stressed or scared and anxious will strengthen your ability to show-up for yourself in that way in the future!
AND 👏 THAT 👏 IS 👏HUGE 👏
THIS is what I mean when I say NOW IS A GREAT TIME
Leave a 🧠💪💪🏽💪🏿 below if you feel me or send this to someone who needs to hear it!
And YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE! I'm enrolling 1:1 clients right now and would love to support you in showing up for yourself. Message me to learn more ♥️