Tue. Jan 31st, 2023
Our brain is very clever


People who live stressful, high-powered lives are more likely than others to suffer from panic attacks. As the stress in our lives becomes more intense the pressure increases. It is a little like one of those whistling kettles that explode with steam and noise once they get to the right temperature. (“Free Yourself From Panic Attacks – Health Reversal”)

“The pressure builds and builds until there is nowhere for it to go but course through your body.” (“Statement of Rights”) The more stress you place on your body and mind every day, the closer you are always to that boiling point. (“Free Yourself From Panic Attacks – Health Reversal”)

Our brain is very clever. It is constantly checking and rechecking to make sure we have all the reactions and chemicals we need to live our lives. It is always ready to kick start our flight or fight response, ready to protect us against our enemy. It cannot tell the difference between a real saber[1]toothed tiger and a metaphorical one, but to all intents and purposes, the tiger is just as dangerous, and we need protecting from it. (“Free Yourself from Panic Attacks”)

The panic attack is merely our body trying to look after us the way our bodies have been caring for us since we first experienced stress. (“Free Yourself from Panic Attacks”)

Just because our brain thinks its life threatening does not mean that it is. It just means the most primitive part of our body, the part that works completely on instinct, rather than logic or reason, has decided we need a bit of a kick start. This can be either because we are living on a constant rollercoaster of stress or because something in our environment has reminded us of something we associate with danger and the need for a flight or fight reaction. (“Free Yourself from Panic Attacks”)

If you have ever brushed past a car alarm, barely touching it and it has gone off you will know how easy it can be to set off something incredibly sensitive. Our flight or fight response can be like that too. We can become so sensitive that it starts up at the smallest incident and it is difficult to stop once its screams of protest danger have begun. (“Free Yourself From Panic Attacks – Health Reversal”)

The solution is simple. “If we go back to our whistling kettle, the simplest way to stop it boiling, letting all that steam and noise go is to turn down the heat.” (“Free Yourself From Panic Attacks – Health Reversal”) Our panic attacks can be managed or prevented in the same way. All we need to do is turn down the heat. Even if the day-to-day stress remains, we can learn to manage it at a simmering boil, rather than at a fast and furious froth of bubbles and heat. (“Can Stress Trigger Panic Attacks? – SelfGrowth.com”)

Best Wishes, Coyalita

Behavioral Health Rehab Specialist

See Tomorrow: “Removing the Panic Attack Worries”

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