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How Do We Balance Our Emotional Responses?. Southern University at New Orleans Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development George Amedee, Ph.D., Project Director Authors Julianna Padgett, Ph.D., LCSW Harry J. Doughty, MSW, GSW.

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How do we balance our emotional responses

How Do We Balance Our Emotional Responses?

  • Southern University at New Orleans

  • Universities Rebuilding America Partnerships

  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

  • George Amedee, Ph.D., Project Director

  • Authors

  • Julianna Padgett, Ph.D., LCSW

  • Harry J. Doughty, MSW, GSW

  • Living Well,

    Despite the Challenges


    Module iii learning objectives

    Module III Learning Objectives

    After completing Module III, participants/views

    should be able to understand:

    • Cortisol and endorphins which contribute to our experience and handling of stress.

    • Lifestyle behaviors and attitudes to balance cortisol and endorphins

    • How we build our resilience


    Cortisol

    Cortisol

    A necessary hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that can be harmful if overproduced in response to any kind of physical, emotional or psychological stress.


    How do we balance our emotional responses1

    How Do We Balance Our Emotional Responses?

    Two substances our body produces are the key

    Cortisol

    &

    Endorphins

    Adapted from Global Facilitators Service Corps


    Cortisol1

    Cortisol

    When you, get angry for example, your body releases stress hormones -adrenaline and cortisol-into your bloodstream.

    These hormones can increase heart rate and blood pressure, suppress your immune system, weaken your health, and damage your arteries, which can result in chest pains or sometimes heart attacks.


    Ways we generate excessive cortisol

    Physically

    Nutritional imbalance

    Smoking (directly or indirectly)

    Excessive use of alcohol

    Socially

    Arguments

    Telling and hearing lies

    Negative Recognition

    “Stuck” Relationships

    Excessive competition

    Mentally

    Negative thoughts

    Repression of emotions

    Stubbornness or Inflexibility

    Mockery and belittlement

    Spiritually

    Magical Thinking

    Dependence

    Escapism

    Excessive proselytism

    Ways We Generate Excessive Cortisol


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Note any of your ways


    How do you produce cortisol

    How do You Produce Cortisol?

    Make a list of any other of yourstressful, negative thoughts or actions that may produce excessive cortisol:


    Endorphins

    Endorphins

    A chemical substance that creates feelings of

    well-being and stimulates the immune system.


    How to generate endorphins

    How to Generate Endorphins

    Physically

    • Exercise

    • Massage and touching

    • Orgasmic sexual relations

    • Deep Breathing

    • Balanced Diet

      Socially

    • Dialogue

    • Family Networks

    • Give and receive positive unconditional “strokes”

    • Participation and Consensus

    • Good friends

    Mentally

    • Smiling and laughing

    • Positive Thinking

    • Alpha-stimulating relaxation

    • Using creativity

    • Flexibility

      Spiritually

    • Prayer and meditation

    • Connecting with Nature

    • Singing and Dancing

    • Giving to Others

    • Living Your Values


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Note things you do


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Note things you do


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Note things you do


    How do you produce endorphins

    How Do You Produce Endorphins?

    Make a list of your other positive, supportive thoughts and actions that may produce endorphins.


    Remember it s a constant battle

    Remember, it ‘s a Constant Battle

    • Our attitudes, thoughts, feelings and behaviors can generate Endorphins and Cortisol.

    • Endorphins and Cortisol destroy each other.

    • Therefore it is not enough to just lower Cortisol or raise Endorphins.

    • Both must be done simultaneously.


    What else

    What else?

    What are things you want to do that will decrease Cortisol and increase Endorphins?


    Are you resilient

    Are You Resilient?

    Our resilience keeps us going and gives us the ability to thrive, mature, and learn in the face of difficult circumstances.

    Resilience uses all our resources: biological, psychological, and environmental.


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Resilience

    allows you to experience post traumatic

    GROWTH!


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Resilience requires that we have good relationships, can problem solve, have positive self-identity and a strong sense of purpose.


    Signs of personal resilience

    Signs of Personal Resilience

    .


    Track your resilience growth

    Track your Resilience & Growth

    What has changed in your life since Katrina & Rita?

    Which of these changes have been positive?

    Which have been difficult?


    Track your resilience growth1

    Track your resilience & Growth

    What have you learned about yourself?

    What have you learned

    about your family?

    What have you learned about your city?

    What have you learned about your country?


    Track your resilience growth2

    Track your Resilience & Growth

    What are you doing with this new knowledge?

    What will you do?


    How do we balance our emotional responses

    Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

    Howard Thurman


    Edited by

    Edited by

    Stephanie Jordan

    Project Coordinator

    SUNO-URAP

    May 2009


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