Teaching Self Control
A NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) study recently showed that increasing kids self control protected them from future drug abuse and depression. We’re finally making real progress on how the brain works and it really comes down to resource allocation.
The most modern part of the human brain is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). It’s in charge of things like self control, willpower, and as Dr. Kelly McGonigal states “Pause and Plan.” This P&P is the exact opposite of your Fight or Flight response also known as your Sympathetic Nervous System. Many of us today call this…stress.
Managing stress can be as simple as activating your PFC that houses your Parasympathetic Nervous System, which is basically the opposite of your Sympathetic Nervous system. Activating your PFC is as simple as 5 minutes of mediation.
When we teach kids that stress isn’t bad and it’s totally manageable, you’ve taught kids how to handle anything life can throw at them.