You know it’s going to happen.
Someone will say something in the next few weeks that will trigger a reaction. It might be anger, sadness or even depression.
Mine was mashed potatoes.
And it triggered all three.
We don’t need to over analyze my psychosis, but let’s say that my philosophy on mashed potatoes is linked to the whole approach to diet and nutrition that I’ve been trying to teach my kids since birth about making low glycemic choices. So when I make three pounds of three colors of potatoes, with skins on, imagine my surprise when I saw a five pound bag of Idaho potatoes in the kitchen. It wasn’t just a potato preference to me; it was a judgment against my motherhood.
I went into the shower and cried.
You are probably much more secure in your motherhood than I am, but let’s be honest, you have had an irrational breakdown too. At least once in your life!
My goal for you today is to integrate a life hack that will cure irrational brain behavior on the spot.
No, I haven’t been smoking something, but another day I’ll tell you the story about the Instant Pot box in my garbage two weeks ago. Right now the subject is neuroscience.
When I looked up “neuroscience of dancing” the top return was a Psychology Today article on The Powerful Psychological Benefits of Dance, featuring two really athletic, svelte ballet dancers. This could shut you down if you are inclined to comparison, but stay the course. The news is good.
Long story short, a gal did her dissertation on this subject and followed the impact of theta brain waves, which are enhanced when a professional dancer is even watching a dance performance. The theta brain waves sync with deeper brain areas linked to cognition, emotion and movement. Those dance moves you already know make you want to move…and the movement heightens your emotions. When we dance with someone else, it also heightens our ability to become attuned to another person’s brain frequency.
It get’s even better.
Dr. Wendy Suzuki, author of Healthy Brain, Happy Life, was like so many researchers, sacrificing her life for her science. It seemed counter intuitive that this brilliant brain researcher would fuel her work out of a vending machine. It doesn’t take a brain scientist to understand that candy bars are not the breakfast of champions, but this brain scientist was too involved in her work to explore the impact of pumping quarters into the Coke machine. In her own quest for energy and brain clarity, she stopped eating candy bars at 11 p.m. and started an exercise class. In the process of learning to move her body, she discovered that the combination of dance with verbal expression basically increases brain plasticity and learning.
Translation: dancing and singing can change your brain.
Here’s what I’m doing with this information. When I find myself in a funk, I crank out my own. I have a whole choreographed routine to Uptown Funk that I will teach you someday. When I put my hips in gear, it changes my brain. My thinking clears and I can conquer the day. Create your own badass playlist, or use mine for now if you have Spotify.
Just promise me you will not allow yourself to remain in a funk for more than six minutes. Go ahead and go there, feel it, cry or kick the wall, but then rewire your funk…and enjoy this Christmas.
What’s that? Need more of a guided tour? I have your back. Take a look at the roadmap I’ve designed to help you get your life back in 2019.