Anxiety, Normalizing Negative Feelings,
and the Polyvagal Theory

Highlights and Key Takeaways from GrowthLab #2

17 AUGUST 2020

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Peak Performance starts with refocusing our energy away from the many factors that are out of our control and redirecting it instead towards daily practices that emphasize next-level growth and impact. Join Joana Alberto of Ignite House, together with Jonathan Robert Ilagan, Psychologist, Director of GrayMatters Philippines, and Ignite Delta Fella Mark Rodriguez as they weigh in on mental health challenges such as addressing anxiety and normalizing negative emotions. They will also discuss the day-to-day value and relevance of the Polyvagal Theory.

Peak Performance starts with refocusing our energy away from the many factors that are out of our control and redirecting it instead towards daily practices that emphasize next-level growth and impact. Join Joana Alberto of Ignite House, together with Jonathan Robert Ilagan, Psychologist, Director of GrayMatters Philippines, and Ignite Delta Fella Mark Rodriguez as they weigh in on mental health challenges such as addressing anxiety and normalizing negative emotions. They will also discuss the day-to-day value and relevance of the Polyvagal Theory.

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Top Insights From Our Guests

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KEY TAKEAWAYS

Self-awareness is critical. The longer this pandemic lasts, the more life and death self-awareness will be. Why? Because self-awareness is an elusive practice for many of us. It’s like asking you to have 6-pack abs right now when you’ve never had a day of exercise in your life. So, this is where self-awareness becomes counter-intuitive: if we want to develop these muscles fast, we need to find self-awareness in the community: that way we can accelerate our learning by learning with and learning from others.

Andre

Be kind to yourselves. It’s okay to feel sad or alone. Let yourself be vulnerable. You’re a human being. Be honest with yourself in what you’re feeling. Support and validate yourself, and support and validate others. We’ve been discussing breathing exercises a lot. I just wanted to mention that my favorite Filipino word is Hinga which means breathe or breath. And to rest in filipino is pa-hinga, to breathe. So when we say magpahinga ka, we’re literally saying you should “breathe.”

Mark

During these tough times, we are deprived of social connections, wherein it is difficult to establish proper support systems that cater to each one’s different needs. While we experience these kinds of struggles, it is a good reminder to be kind to ourselves, to put more value on our support systems that we are able to access right now, and to acknowledge that it is okay not to be okay, in order to humanize our vulnerabilities and difficulties during this pandemic.

Chino

Self-awareness is important. A lot of our problems that manifest physically and mentally can be related to self-awareness. By taking time to be more conscious and aware, we are improving our mental health and overall wellness.

Rafa

Anxiety is a function of how I perceive the world and whether the stimuli generates a Fight or Flight response from me. Being aware that my biology plays a role gives me a semblance of control where there is none, that although the source of the anxiety is external to me, being able to manage it is within me, within my control. This is empowering for me and is already half the battle in addressing anxiety.

Aileen

It’s okay not to be okay. Embracing that you’re not okay, doesn’t mean that you’re weak. It is normal to feel not okay during these uncertain times, because it means that you actually acknowledge that something is going on with you. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone because it also helps you overcome the negative emotions you are going through. And don’t forget to REST.

Marjan

There are emotions or feelings that we don’t have control over. But we have to learn to acknowledge our weaknesses, anxieties or negative feelings first before we can figure out how to better handle and manage them! This pandemic has a lot of effects not just on our emotions but also in the way we react and overcome our day-to-day situations. We have to let go of the things outside of our control and focus instead on the things we can control.

Karla

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