WALK & TALK
Take a walk with me and talk about life, stress, relationships, work, grief,
disappointment, dreams, goals, marriage, family, kids, money, stepkids, etc.
NO TOPIC IS TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE.
The New York Times reported that our brains and bodies get a lot out of talking.
When we feel very intense feelings - especially fear, aggression, or anxiety - our amygdalas
run the show and turn on our fight-or-flight response. Our limbic system figures out if what
we are experiencing is a threat. It can also devise a response to that threat if necessary, and
store the information in your memory so you can recognize the threat later. When we are stressed
or overwhelmed, this part of our brain takes control and can even override more logical thought processes. Research from U.C.L.A. suggests that putting your feelings into words - a process
called “affect labeling” - can diminish the response of the amygdala when you encounter
things that are upsetting. This is how, over time, you can become less stressed over
something that bothers you.