Have you ever felt overwhelmed, or like you can’t think straight? Here’s why — and how you can “reboot” your brain to enable you to think more clearly, more consistently.
Whenever you’re feeling any kind of negative emotion, your brain and body are in a level of the emergency “fight-freeze-flight” state.
This is the same state you would be in if your life was being threatened. Since the brain and body don’t know the difference between reality and imagination (ever felt fear while watching a scary movie?) — the same survival mechanism is triggered when you just think about something upsetting, stressful, or annoying, that is triggered when you are in physical danger.
One of the effects of this emergency state is the draining of blood from the prefrontal cortex of the brain, to the amygdala and extremities — for fighting or running away.
The prefrontal cortex is where you do your cognitive thinking: problem solving; strategizing; processing of information; negotiating; calculating; risk-assessment; and other higher-level thinking. These activities are not necessary for running away, fighting, or pretending to be dead!
Whenever you’re feeling stressed, you literally can’t think straight — because that part of your brain is effectively offline!
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