“Every time you feel the temptation to react in the same way, ask yourself if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future” (Deepak Chopra)
What is it?
When we speak of Emotional Well-being we refer to the state of mind in which we feel good, calm, stable, we perceive that we control our emotions and are able to face the pressures of day to day, being the basis for achieving a healthy life, conscious and happy.
Therefore, it is important to enhance and promote emotional well-being both in the personal, educational and professional fields.
Feeling good is a comprehensive concept of health that arises from mind-body balance.
What are emotions?
Emotions are psychophysiological reactions that represent modes of adaptation to certain stimuli of the individual when he perceives an object, person or situation, producing changes in the visceral organs through the autonomic nervous system and in the muscles through the somatic nervous system.
What happens in our brain?
Emotions impact brain activity directly, the limbic system is the part of the brain in charge of processing emotions. This network of neurons in charge of processing emotions is complemented by other parts of the brain such as the hypothalamus and the hippocampus. The hypothalamus is responsible for releasing all the hormones necessary to feel emotions while the hippocampus controls the mental processes related to memory and recall, those experiences that will later influence our mode of action. The brain amygdala is part of this process and of the limbic system, as it is linked to the emotional response aroused by the situations experienced.
Emotions respond quickly to situations that threaten our integrity and also have a very important influence on motivation and learning, decision-making, cognition, behavior and adaptation. It is necessary to find the balance between the rational mind (frontal lobe) and the emotional mind (limbic system), for this it is necessary to know our emotions, physiological responses and functioning in general, so that we can manage them.
What is the chemical response of our body?
A series of neurotransmitters and hormones are activated according to the emotions we perceive, each of them has a specific chemical response in our body. The most relevant: serotonin, oxytocin, cortisol, endorphins and dopamine.
We know that the same thought causes the same emotion and consequently the same result, if we learn to manage emotions this process will change.
What are its advantages?