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Body Based Coaching as a Vehicle to Competence & Confidence

Updated: Mar 21


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Feelings often begin as bodily sensations, serving as signals from the bottom up, nudging us with a message: "Hey, pay attention, something is happening here!" It might manifest as a flutter in your belly or a general sense of unease, indicating that something isn't quite right.

 

Our task is to heed these signals, granting ourselves the focus, time, and space to acknowledge the feelings or sensations, then employing our thinking brain to comprehend them. More often than not, however, we disregard the feelings’ significance and rely instead on thinking to untangle things. Yet, by doing so, we overlook a valuable source of information.

 

A common experience among many with ADHD is that one’s thinking process can be hindered by uncertainty, overwhelm, indecision, and a lack of trust in their own judgment. While the specific reasons behind these challenges warrant a more comprehensive discussion, it's important to note that researchers have identified difficulties with self-regulation and the functioning of the executive functions part of the brain in individuals with ADHD. These factors may significantly contribute to the struggles experienced by those with ADHD in various aspects of their lives. They tend to create a negative cycle of self-doubt, feelings of incompetence and thus a lack of confidence. Breaking the cycle of negative reinforcement is crucial. It requires a realignment so new possibilities, thinking patterns and perspectives can take shape.


Body-based or somatic coaching, with "soma" referring to the interplay between the body and brain, provides a powerful approach. We utilize the breath as a vehicle to center ourselves and redirect attention inward, quieting the noise of our busy minds and tuning into the body's sensations.

 

The vagus nerve, which traverses throughout the body, plays a crucial role in this process. It transmits signals from the sensory organs of the viscera to the brain, where sensations are processed, emotions are articulated into words, and self-awareness has the opportunity to flourish. By engaging with this bodily intelligence, individuals can deepen their understanding of themselves and foster a more profound sense of self-awareness and emotional clarity.

 

The negative cycle is disrupted. Actions can become more self-directed rather than an autonomic response to unregulated emotions (avoidance, procrastination, anxiety).By establishing experiences of success and satisfaction, in place of dwelling on regrets and self-recrimination, feelings of competence are nurtured, reinforcing a sense of confidence and empowerment. This positive reinforcement cycle can lead to transformative growth and a more fulfilling life experience for individuals with ADHD.

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