This is why it’s so hard to feel better.
Anxiety is about more than feeling bad.
Anxiety is a physical state of emergency that causes a part of the brain to shut down. That’s why it’s impossible to “snap out of it” — even when there’s no logical reason for it.Whether you suffer from anxiety, or you’re trying to understand someone who does, this piece of knowledge will give you some insight into how to deal with it more effectively.
The emotional feeling of anxiety is caused by the physical sensations created by stress chemicals in the blood stream. The brain and body are in a state of fight-freeze-flight, which is caused by a flood of stress chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol, pumping through your system.
One of the key effects of this emergency state is the shutting down of the prefrontal cortex of your brain. This is where you do your cognitive thinking.
Stress chemicals produced in a state of anxiety cause blood to be drained from the part of your brain responsible for problem-solving, strategizing, communicating effectively, comprehension, and other higher-level thinking processes.
This is why things seem so different when you’re in a state of anxiety, to the way the seem when you’re feeling good. The same circumstances can appear completely different.
What This Means:
Whenever you’re feeling anxiety, you literally can’t think straight because that part of your brain is offline.
The more you try to use that part of your brain, and can’t (because it’s offline), the more stress chemicals you’re pumping into your blood-stream… and the stronger the anxiety becomes. And, so you have a vicious cycle that can be very difficult, if not impossible, to break.
Remind yourself that what you’re feeling is simply the effects of stress chemicals in your system. Your mind will try to come up with reasons for the anxiety (that’s the conscious mind’s job — to make sense of things), but the real reason is — that’s what stress chemicals do.
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