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Work on Those Knots! Flexibility Enhances Our Mental Health

We’re living in a time of unprecedented change – endless advancements in technology, a constant push for innovation and growth, disappearing jobs…the list goes on.

While that’s not news, what may be news is the fact that humans are not evolving as quickly as world around us, yet the amount and pace of change continues to accelerate, leaving many of us feeling threatened and overwhelmed.

Most of us haven’t been trained to cope with the amount and pace of change we’re experiencing. Many of those changes require us to be more flexible…flexible working hours and work environments, working globally across time zones, languages and cultures, the rate of change in technology, the amount of information we process daily, the varied responsibilities of parenting and living in diverse communities, etc.

Enhancing our ability to flex to the people and world around us is a great place to start to better cope with change.

Flexibility enables us to roll with changes, become more aware of emotions, expertly manage ourselves and view the world from perspectives other than our own, and create conditions in which we can innovate.

To help us build flexibility, we literally have to use our heads…or more accurately, our brains (and bodies) because the answer is rooted in neuroscience.

Hundreds of chemicals racing through our bodies dictate how we think, feel, speak and behave. Physiology drives performance, and yet most of us experience physical reactions, emotions and thoughts without realising that we can transform them.

Physical Intelligence is the ability to detect and actively manage the balance of those chemicals so that we can achieve more, stress less and live more happily.

Physical Intelligence helps us get in the driver’s seat of our brain and body, thinking more clearly and acting more thoughtfully and intentionally so that we can be our best self, armed with the ultimate skillset for acing modern every-day life – the secret to a happier, less stressed, more fulfilled you.

When it comes to enhancing flexibility, we first need to become more alive to changes in our bodies, especially physical tension and the visceral aspects of emotions.

When anything changes in our environment, our bodies change too, and because change brings uncertainty, our natural human response is to brace, tense up or collapse.

A rigid body can lead to blinkered and narrow thinking and inhibits creativity. A collapsed body leads to low self- esteem, giving up, and a loss of buoyancy and hope.

The ‘winning cocktail’ for flexibility is created with the conscious boosting of four key chemicals: Oxytocin, Dopamine, DHEA and Serotonin. When we do that we can increase our ODDS for success.

We’ll take a deeper dive into each of these chemicals in the next few blogs. The more we use Physical Intelligence techniques and understand the neuroscience that underpins our behaviour, the more evolved we will become, enabling us to achieve more, stress less and live more happily.

For more information about how Physical Intelligence can help you, your team or your organization, visit us at or order our book, on sale now.

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There are over 80 easy to use techniques and tips to build our Physical Intelligence -- the neuroscience-backed approach to detecting and actively managing the balance of eight key chemicals in our bodies and brains so that we can take charge of our body, brain, schedule and life. You can read about all of them in our new book, Physical Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Untapped Intelligence to Achieve More, Stress Less and Live More Happily by Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton available from Simon and Schuster. (Order here.) (Multiple translations will be available later in 2019.)

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