Dr. Kim’s Blog
Motivation + Inspiration
Your internal navigation system operates from a gentle strength. Sometimes it seems so quiet, but it’s actually you who are creating the interference.
I was recently asked to be on a panel about the intersection between academics, entrepreneurs, and innovation as it applies to the coaching industry, specifically family life coaching. To help us prepare, the conference organizers gave us some possible questions, assigning each person as a “lead” on a particular question. I was assigned to the entrepreneurship questions, which tracks on a surface level, given that I do own my own business. But I don’t *just* consider myself an entrepreneur.
When violence happens, especially in a school shooting situation, children and parents can feel fearful and at risk. Knowing how to talk to a child can help ease their fear, give them a sense of personal control, and help them navigate the uncertainty that comes with high profile acts of violence.
The ventral vagus helps us to feel connected, safe, and able to access our prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain that can think clearly and make decisions)
The dorsal vagus is a nerve that is common in all mammals. Normally, it’s helpful in regulating between your arousal and relaxation. When stress is unrelenting, however, the dorsal vagus kicks in to help us freeze. It’s the system of shutdown.
The sympathetic nervous system has a bad rep, but we really do need it. Think of it as the system that helps move you to action.