From the gradual overwhelm of receiving hundreds of emails a day, to the sudden shock of dealing with crisis situations, at work we are bombarded by stimuli that can activate our threat response. This activation occurs in the embodied nervous system, in its autonomic aspect, which is responsible for regulating our internal state.
Part of the reason that humans have been so successful, in evolutionary terms, is that we are very good at detecting threats– we have a highly attuned threat response. The threat response just happens: we don’t have to do anything special in order to activate it. The threat response is accompanied by profound physiological changes in heartrate, breathing, digestion, memory, mood, immune function, and direction of information flow between body, heart, and brain. It is acute, and is designed for rapid onset and comedown. Yet to de-activate the threat response we have to engage the relaxation response, which interestingly doesn’t happen on its own.
Tragically, more and more people are living stuck in an acute threat response that has become chronic and non-resolving. In a work environment with constant stressors, the threat state can become the norm both in individuals and at the level of organizational culture.
At Applied Mindfulness, our experiential training programs combine psycho- and physio-education with science-based practices for cultivating shift in the state of the autonomic nervous system. We work at the level of the individual, and at the level of organizational culture to bring tools, practices, and distinctions that allow individuals and organizations to create a new baseline for functioning. Our experiential trainings are tailored to respond to the unique constellation of stressors typical in your work environment.
Applied Mindfulness trainings are available in half-day and full-day modules. Please contact us for more information about how we might be able to serve your organization’s needs.
Drawing on the latest advances in applied neurophysiology and the science of mindfulness, we offer practical experiential tools for increased well-being:
Nervous system regulation
Deepen relaxation states
Sharpen mental clarity
Enhance positive emotions
Decrease mental chatter
Diminish anxiety, depression