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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- Healthy Boundaries, Optimism and Your RAS

Updated: Jan 21

Thank you for joining us for 3-2-1 Tuesdays! Quick bits of therapeutic info and learning, ideas, concepts, and quotes. Brought to you by Better Wellness Naturally.

3: Keys 2: Concepts 1: Quick Article

*The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill*

Why Being #Optimistic is So Important:

  1. Optimism promotes a positive mindset and attitude, influencing your overall well-being and success. It helps you to maintain a healthy balance between your mind and your body, helps to reduce stress and improves your mental health.

  2. An optimistic outlook boosts your resilience, allowing you to persevere and adapt to changes, setbacks, and challenges. It enables you to see the bigger picture, identify opportunities, and leverage your strengths to overcome obstacles.

  3. Optimism enhances your social skills and relationships, making you more approachable, supportive, and empathetic. It fosters trust and cooperation, helping you collaborate effectively, communicate clearly, and build meaningful connections with others. Feeling less than optimistic? Therapy can be a wonderful tool to help you become more optimistic about your life, help you set goals, and gain some insight into how you may be getting in your own way.

A Couple of (Boundary) Concepts:

*A healthy psychological #boundary is a form of personal limit, which defines and separates an individual's sense of self from the external world. It refers to the emotional, cognitive and physical barriers that an individual creates to protect themselves from harmful or unwanted external influences, while maintaining optimism, autonomy and independence. These boundaries can be flexible or rigid—like fences. Boundaries, however, play a crucial role in helping individuals to establish and maintain healthy relationships, manage their emotions, and protect their mental and emotional well-being. *Of note: Having healthy boundaries also looks like placing limits on what you are giving of your time, resources, and energy.

What’s a #RAS and Why Do I Care?

The reticular activating system (RAS) is a network of neurons located in the brainstem that is responsible for regulating wakefulness and sleep cycles, as well as attention, arousal, and alertness. The RAS receives input from various sensory systems, including visual, auditory, and somatosensory systems, and—here’s the pivotal point— it filters this input to ensure that the brain is only processing relevant information. The filtering is the important part: What you focus on, expands. And your amazing, beautiful brain will find all kinds of substantiating evidence, thanks to your RAS. So please focus on the positive and your RAS will help you bring about the good in your life.

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