Learn the best way to Check the Limbic’s Go-Go-Go Impulse
One of the most helpful methods for checking the impulsive Go reaction of the limbic system is to learn to breathe. I know it sounds incredibly simple but you should never underestimate the power of controlled breathing.
A deeper breath than usual, combined with a moment’s retention of the breath, helps to switch on the executive function of the prefrontal cortex that can override the instant demands of the amygdala. It’s a perfect distancing mechanism in the face of a compulsive reaction to eat anything that is not appropriate to your weight control goals. All you need to do is stop and breathe deeply. This tunes out the stress response and brings you back to a calmer, more rational state. Now it’s easier for the prefrontal cortex to take over and lead you to better choices. This simple behaviour is habit forming and you will be amazed at how effective it is in calming the limbic drives that used to seek instant gratification. Breathe a little more deeply. Hold the breath for a heartbeat. Breathe out slowly. It’s an ancient method, tried and tested for thousands of years. And it really works.