PODCAST: What Could Lie Beneath Emotional Reactivity
Have you ever noticed that some days your negative emotions are more easily triggered than other days? Are you aware of days when you can more easily stop yourself before saying something snarky or otherwise regrettable, and days when it seems you can’t?
It’s a challenge to move from responses that are automatic and unhelpful, to deliberate and helpful. Dr. Marc Brackett, founder of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, says regulating emotion requires brainpower, and brainpower requires the right fuel.
Too much sugar or refined flour effects glucose, which then effects cognition and self-control. Too little sleep can reduce connections between brain regions that control cognitive functions and regulate emotions and outward behavior. So, here you have more good reasons to sleep well, eat right, and focus on the aspects of your life that rejuvenate you and give you joy.