Sometimes we want to downplay emotions … and we prize our intellect and academic knowing … but really our performance is driven by our mind. Oversimplified … we have a Prefrontal Cortex – our Executive Center (focus, attention, impulse control, emotional responses, processing, anticipating events, problem solving, big picture thinking, comprehension, perseverance, etc.) WE WANT THIS PART OF OUR BRAIN TO WORK!
The other part of our brain is a very active LIMBIC system .. which is our emotional center and in the center of what is the known as the “amygdala hijack” (fight, flight, freeze reaction center). The more we are aware of our body, including brain and emotions, the better we can respond and be in choice to create the life we want. Here is a nice article sharing somethings to work out your PFC to support stronger mental/brain health.