Shirley Pastiroff is a registered counsellor and mindfulness trainer at Renew Your Mind. She specialises in training the brain to reduce stress, increase vitality and productivity, whilst also enriching the key relationships in our lives, both professional and personal.
She works across the education and commercial sectors as well as with individuals and families. Shirley is a former BBC documentary-maker, she is married to a teacher and they have five children.
We ‘overflow’ in our lives, so when Leaders of influence discover the possibility of living from a Green-brain state, especially those in schools who impact students, parents and colleagues, the people they lead or interact with, automatically benefit.
THEORY: The brief science behind brain physiology – the effects of stress versus the benefits of calm, active presence, using a simple traffic light system model:
Red is the brain in fight/flight – under threat, pumping cortisol and adrenaline.
Orange is the brain in Busy or To Do mode – effective up to a point, but mostly planning ahead to ward off threat, often teetering on the edge of stress.
Green is the calm and present brain – has flexibility and presence, but is also the most productive brain state (often misunderstood as the resting brain). Green-brain is the secret behind partnering high-intensity work with good mental health.
PRACTICE – What could this look like for senior leaders in everyday life? Easy-to-use strategies