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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Despite the Challenges
After completing Module III, participants/views
should be able to understand:
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.
Two substances our body produces are the key
Adapted from Global Facilitators Service Corps
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.
Smoking (directly or indirectly)
Excessive use of alcohol
Telling and hearing lies
Repression of emotions
Stubbornness or Inflexibility
Mockery and belittlement
Excessive proselytismWays We Generate Excessive Cortisol
Make a list of any other of yourstressful, negative thoughts or actions that may produce excessive cortisol:
A chemical substance that creates feelings of
well-being and stimulates the immune system.
Make a list of your other positive, supportive thoughts and actions that may produce endorphins.
What are things you want to do that will decrease Cortisol and increase Endorphins?
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.
allows you to experience post traumatic
What has changed in your life since Katrina & Rita?
Which of these changes have been positive?
Which have been difficult?
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?
What are you doing with this new knowledge?
What will you do?
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.