If you find yourself too often vibrating with emotions like the driver in Bob Aul’s drawing above, you’re overworking that tiny almond-shaped monster in your brain called the amygdala, which rings the alarm bell as loud as hell probably sounds. Whether it’s rage or anxiety or some other demon of fear, those fierce reactions are supposed to be reserved for emergencies, not the daily commute—or daily life. People may bombard you with lame-ass advice such as “Calm down,” “Get over it,” “Pull yourself together,” or “Make America Great Again.” Except they never say how. (Or maybe you’ve resisted finding out because you harbor the erroneous notion that all that angst is what makes you edgy?)
But if you are ready to raise that little triangular flag of surrender, here’s a stress-management program you might try that doesn’t reek of religion or new-age blather: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Have you ever heard, somewhere in your brain way down below the clatter and backfiring of your runaway thoughts, a calm voice saying something like, “Yeow. I am freaking the fuck out”? That awareness is what the MBSR course helps you cultivate. It’s already in there; all you have to do is learn how to make it part of the way you roll.
- Posted by doghaus
- On April 14, 2015
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