The Ripple Effect of Calming
Just as anxiety, pain and depression cause more of themselves, so does soothing create more calm. Self-soothing activities and soothing to and from others causes a release of calming and pleasure neurotransimitters, harmoniously resets the rhythm of the Default Mode Network and the Frontoinsular Network, and slows down long term potentiation of nerve cells. This takes counter-stimulation and shifts it to multi-dimensional neuroplastic change. Experiencing calm and soothing becomes the norm. The Default Mode Network shifts a person’s sense of self from being agitated to being calm.