You may have heard of “cross-training” in the gym. We can apply it to our relationships, love, health, and well-being.
Cross-training is athletic training in sports other than the athlete’s usual sport. The goal is to improve overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of one training method to support the shortcomings of another.
This can also apply beautifully to our emotional health and well-being.
Let’s think about our feelings as we might think about our muscles. We can’t just focus on one; we need to work on all of them to be healthy and strong. The seven core emotional circuits in the brain, according to Dutch neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp are:
When you’re stressed or upset, you can balance the negative emotions by focusing more energy on your positive feelings.
Seeking can be supported by a walk in nature. Lust, by a good long hug with a partner. Care through a home-cooked meal. And play through the joy of movement or games.
Emotional Cross-Training is about learning to stimulate and strengthen various emotions to improve our emotional health and well-being. We can also apply cross-training to pleasure.
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You’re the kind of person who loves to learn and grow, or you wouldn’t be here with me now. Check out the articles we wrote over the week by scrolling below. These ideas can be “Emotional and Pleasure Cross-Training” to help you achieve a well-rounded, emotionally fulfilling life.
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For example, imagine you’ve discovered that taking long walks outdoors boosts your mood. That’s great! But don’t stop there. Add another activity, like mindfulness meditation or writing in a gratitude journal, to enhance your emotional health.
Like cross-training in the gym, the idea is to create a rich and diverse emotional workout, providing a more balanced and resilient emotional life.
Here are some tools you can use for this Emotional Cross-Training:
Gratitude Journaling: Writing down what you’re thankful for each day can help foster a positive mindset.
Meditation: This practice can calm your mind, helping you deal with stress more effectively.
Self-Care Rituals: Activities like taking a relaxing bath, reading a good book, or having a cup of your favorite tea can serve as gentle reminders that you’re worth taking care of.
Physical Activity: Regular exercise isn’t just good for your body; it can also boost your mood and provide an outlet for stress.
By combining these different “exercises,” you can create a well-rounded emotional routine that keeps you resilient and able to handle life’s ups and downs.
Now, remember, just like any new exercise routine, start slow. Pick one or two activities, then gradually add more as you strengthen. Your emotional health is a lifelong journey; every step you take strengthens you.
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