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Bounce Back

Resilience is a very popular term right now. I have always preferred “bounce back” as, to me, it captures more of the essence of what people are looking for, when they seek care with me.

How high do you want to bounce?

How high do you want to bounce?

We want to be able to bounce back from what life throws at us. We also want to know that we know how to bounce back. The ability to regain equilibrium after being knocked out of balance is a key marker of health & vitality.  And I’d like to explain why in this blog post.

Refractory Period

Our bounce-ability is largely determined by both our capacity to do work & what’s called a refractory period. During the refractory period after any event, that’s the time when you are physiologically unable to perform again. It’s very much like a recovery time. It’s easy to associate this with physical exercise. You work hard, use some of your capacity and then need to recover before you can go again.

But what if it’s a heated disagreement with someone you love? How long it takes you to settle and begin thinking and functioning normally again is also determined by how healthy you are. If you’ve been draining your reserves or not taking time to look after yourself both physically and mentally, then the time to bounce back from an emotional stressor is longer. And the longer that refractory period, the longer your body is in a “stressed” state. And being in that stressed state keeps further draining your capacity.

If you are healthy and you have good reserves, then your refractory period (recovery time) is shorter than if you are not well or are run down. As the old adage says, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond to what happens to you, that’s important.

Day-to-day Loads

We need to find ways to re-fill our tanks

We need to find ways to re-fill our tanks

No matter what happens to us, whether it’s a physical setback – maybe an injury or an illness, an emotional stress – work, family, or even a biochemical insult – maybe too rich foods, too much wine one night, or too little of the good stuff – not enough veges maybe, everything is perceived and assessed via our nervous system. It’s always on, always monitoring what’s happening to you and your body as you’re going about your day.

I love helping people improve their brain-body connection and then seeing the rest of their life get better – not just pain resolve, but their relationships start improving, they feel more energetic and can enjoy their day-to-day lives better. Future posts will talk about how you can increase your “bounce-ability”, for now a good step is to start noticing how long it takes you to bounce back to your equilibrium after events unbalance you.



louise-blair-squareIf this sounds interesting to you,  and you want to starting increasing your bounce-back levels, contact us below and we can arrange a time to chat about the best ways increase your “bounce-ability”

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