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Guide Through Story_Final

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>> Hi there, nice to see you again. Throughout this course, we use a lot of short stories to illustrate material. Why do we do this? Because stories are important. Storytelling can be an invaluable tool for navigating complex and sensitive topics like emotional eating. We all have our own eating stories that illustrate our relationship with food. Everyone's story is unique and full of meaning. In this lecture, we'll focus on four benefits of storytelling so that you can start thinking about how you might use this as a tool when coaching clients. Let's start with a story, shall we? Once upon a time, when I was little, my dad told us a bedtime story about a magical white horse. The story always began with us playing. Then, the horse would arrive, and we would get so excited. If he had a pink ribbon on his tail, then we were going on an adventure. We went to a different place every time, usually somewhere magical. My dad described the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures, and it felt like we were really there, hearing the whoosh of the waves, tasting the sweet juicy mango, smelling the salty air, and feeling the hot sand between our toes. We never wanted the story to end, but it always had to. And we couldn't wait for the next adventure on another night. How do you feel after hearing that story? Maybe a little more engaged? Do you maybe want to go on an adventure like that? As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, have you ever considered the importance of story in your coaching? It can serve as a valuable tool for guiding others through difficult topics like emotional eating. So what are the benefits of storytelling? Here are four. One, stories connect us with others. Storytelling is a universal trait, not only across cultures but across history. We humans have always loved to share stories. They connect us to each other. Do you know people who just love telling stories? Some people are great at it. Very engaging and entertaining and they draw you right in. On the other hand, some people are not such great storytellers, and you can't wait for them to stop talking. Hopefully, this isn't one of those cases for you right now. Either way, stories create shared meaning, opportunities for support, and the realization that we aren't alone in our experiences. They also help us see other perspectives. For example, studies have found that reading literary fiction which often focuses on the inner psychology of characters and their relationships promote social skills and empathy and then watching emotional stories can stimulate the release of oxytocin, the hormone that makes us more sensitive to social cues. Here's another interesting study. The brain activity of the person telling the story can actually synchronize with the listener. Even the higher order brain areas like the prefrontal cortex synchronize, likely because the brain is tuned into the meaning of the words. This is possible because the speaker and listener share some kind of common ground. In other words, they're on the same page and they can think about concepts in similar ways. Why is this helpful for coaching? Well, it highlights the importance of keeping an open dialogue with clients rather than leading a one-way conversation. In other words, it encourages collaboration and exploring multiple perspectives together by letting your client lead while you act as the supportive coach on the sidelines. It also explains our approach to this course. We provide you with some material, but this is a two-way street. It's your job to apply, practice, and send out the information and tools we provide. Two, stories serve as practice for real life. Did you know that stories activate greater brain power than other methods of communication? The brain processes stories in the same ways it processes real events. Reading bullet points, like on a PowerPoint presentation, stimulates the language processing areas of the brain, Broca's area and Wernicke's area, that's it, only those areas. However, hearing a story also activates any other areas that we would use when we're actually experiencing events in that story. For example, a story about delicious foods can activate the sensory cortex, while a story about motion can activate the motor cortex. This suggests that the brain makes very little distinction between a story about an experience and a real life experience. And both stimulate the same neurological regions. According to our brains, they're pretty much the same thing. Three, stories can inspire and motivate change. Have you ever listened to a TED Talk? They almost always begin with a story that supports an often contrarian thesis. In other words, the opposite of what you would think. They are also often a hero's journey. Why do you think they use these stories? Well, because they're powerful and inspiring. They elicit emotions and they challenge beliefs. Stories can motivate mindset and behavior. Advertisements often use stories to persuade us to buy their products. But stories can also motivate meaningful health promoting change. Remember how watching stories can stimulate the release of oxytocin. As it turns out, oxytocin might actually decrease engagement in harmful behaviors. Think about it. What's more motivating, a pamphlet on the benefits of eating well or hearing a story about someone who used food to help heal herself from illness? Stories can motivate change through their ability to help us see other perspectives in ways of doing things. Just as driving different ways forces your brain to make new connections, hearing stories can lead your brain toward new ways of thinking. A lot of newer research focuses not only on the power and pervasiveness of storytelling but how to use that power. Many studies have explored the power of stories in promoting positive health messages such as quitting smoking and receiving mammograms. And finally, the last point in this lecture, number four, stories can empower. Sharing stories helps, but realizing that we are the authors of our own stories empowers us tremendously. As the famous writer Joseph Campbell put it, "Every story you tell is your own story." Knowing that we are the authors can help us reframe and rewrite our stories as the heroes or even superheroes rather than the victims. We can practice an internal locus of control which helps us cope with distress in helpful ways. Personal stories link us through the past, but they also help us see our future. They help us imagine ourselves as we would like to be. We'll discuss this practice later in the course. But I wanted to introduce this idea now as we're focusing first on awareness. To recap, four benefits of storytelling are stories connect us with others, stories serve as practice for real life, stories can inspire and motivate change, and stories can empower. Start thinking about how you, as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, might use storytelling to support your clients. As you know, it's important to start with yourself. Are you ready to apply this material? Think about a powerful story that you heard or read as a child that impacted you and why. Then think about a story that you recently heard or read that impacted you. Spend 5 to 10 minutes journaling, using the questions we've provided in the Skill Building Activities section of your Learning Center. Send out reflections to your course mates in the Facebook group. Did anyone else choose the same story or story with a similar moral? Enjoy the process of sharing stories. I'll see you again soon.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Aug 30, 2018

Guide Through Story_Final

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