behaviour, bɪˈheɪvjə/

Grit, among other traits; is a lexicon that snugs nicely into the semantics of many who live and breath O2 on this wonderful planet earth.

Grit won’t be used metaphorically in this blog, like one gritting his/her’s teeth so to speak… more so, grit will be touched on, from an intrinsic aspect; with the latest science.

Now,

Was it the podcast I was listening to on grit, while traveling to work this morning… basking in the warm breeze, and admiring the moon at her rawest that spurred this on?

Or,

Maybe it was a dear friend who is reading a book on grit? And how one is admiring her & others on their journey to the top of her/their(s) peak…?

Lastly,

Was it my work colleague and her obsession with animal memes, along with a not so subliminal way off politely asking for a blog, for all our wonderful iNformers..?

Me thinks the aforementioned has collectively spurred this on. And I better start typing away the nitty ‘gritty’s’ (get it?).

Angela Duckworth (PhD), defines Grit as the following…

“Passion and perseverance for long term goals”

Grit can been seen as super-ordinate, meaning; that “you care so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do”.

However, I find that behavioral changes are difficult to break through. Due to a whole host of biological, psychological, social & epigenetic changes.

And therefore, when one “falls” down, Even when you screw up” grit (among others) is needed to get back on the horse (yes, I used a metaphor!).

Weight loss, for example. Won’t be a super-ordinate goal if your GP advises you to lose weight. A goal needs to be intrinsic and have meaningfulness. ‘Meaning’, one doesn’t fully own it! And because one doesn’t fully own it; there isn’t a big enough neurobiological change… to motivate change! And thus, the goal is understood by the intellect. But, there isn’t enough warm & fuzziness inside to break the subconscious.

Failure, pain & suffering is all apart of the human experience. And if failure takes place. We don’t want fear & judgment to feed our insula cortex.

As Brene’ Brown (PhD) said… “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Breaking long standing behaviours is no easy feat. And unfortunately, I cannot give you the answer. Your answer(s) comes from within.

Your behavioural change (goal) is built on,

GRIT!

SELF-COMPASSION!

VULNERABILITY!

SILENCE (A.K.A MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS)

BOOSTING NEUROTRANSMITTERS, HORMONES! (A.K.A EXERCISE!)

CONNECTING WITH NATURE!

MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS!

The list goes on…

 

James 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Movement Revolution 2.0

So,

I got you peeps all on the movement bandwagon in my last blog. Spreading the word on the power of one’s motor & somatosensory cortex.

This blog is inspired by a psychotropics seminar that I semi attended two weeks ago. Semi attended; meaning I left at the halfway point. Not due to arrogance thinking I knew it all… although nothing new was learnt. But more with a slight distaste in my gustatory cortex that more can be done, than purely relying on psychotropics.

When a antidepressant is prescribed, there are a couple of unknowns…

  1. Is this drug going to have a therapeutic effect?
  2. How will this drug interact with one’s organism? (pharmacokinetics/dynamics/genomics)
  3. Will this patient adhere?
  4. Will downregulation take place? (5HT1A receptor), (proposed monoamine hypothesis)

All of the aforementioned within a 5-7 week period.

If only our healthcare system could enable patients to be supervised by a EP/Ex Scientist with therapeutic, safe aerobic exercise, within (and after) the ‘unknown’ period of psychotropic administration.

Throw in some meditation & yoga and you’re laughing out serotonin! (literally)

All of this is not a hidden secret peeps.

We live in a deluded healthcare system that somehow feels that 5 sessions with a allied health professional (Psych/physioPOD et cetera) is enough…

I challenge you, to challenge your health care professionals (including myself) that you have been provided & guided with the best care possible.

Don’t play the waiting game. Exhaust all of your resources.

Get moving aerobically, connect with your inner psyche & slow down your movement and improve your sarcomeres & proprioceptors!

James 🙂