Here’s a little nugget of life-changing information for you. How do I know it’s life-changing? Because I’ve been sharing it with clients, new mothers and midwives for years.
If your therapist said to you, “You need more Green in your life,” or, “What can we do to help you out of the Red?” Or, “I think you are a little too Blue at the moment.” Would you know what they meant?
They are talking about 'The Three Systems Model' which was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, founder of The Compassionate Mind Foundation.
The RED System.
When you feel stressed, your 'fight and flight' system is activated. We call this the RED system. It’s a system because when it plays out, it affects our hormones, our physiology, our feelings, our thoughts, and our behaviours. These are all interconnected and they fire and wire together to get the job done.
Hormones (adrenalin and cortisol), behaviours (being busy or flapping or crying or giving up or constant checking or avoiding), thoughts (I’m a rubbish mum, I can’t cope, why is everyone else able to do it), feelings (stress, fear, anger, envy, jealousy, inadequacy), physiological response (heart rate up, breathing irregular, problems sleeping).
All negative feelings are found in the red threat system, including physical pain.
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