14th August 2013
It’s easy to see why people will do anything not to feel any negative or uncomfortable feelings. It doesn’t feel nice and as we are creatures of comfort the natural reactive response is to try and distract ourselves with something which does feel good. Food, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, television and gaming are just a few ways people will use to try to move away from their thoughts which create negative feelings.
The problem with this is that the Limbic System is now being trained to see negative thoughts and feelings as something to fear. It will keep an eye out for anything similar happening in the body and mind and alert that person to possible danger through feelings of anxiety with a fight or flight response. No wonder some people feel continually anxious when their Limbic System is scanning their bodies and minds for anything it deems as a risk. Add to this it’s predictions of possible risks in the future and you have fear of fear building up in quite an unhealthy way. The body and brain isn’t designed to have fight or flight responses happening for prolonged periods of time and soon begins to falter. Panic attacks, anger depression and irrational reactions become all the more common for someone who’s mind is struggling to maintain a healthy balance.
To turn this around The Limbic System has to be trained to not scan or see negative feelings and thoughts as that dangerous. You can do this with some simple mind management skills, simple to implement in any situation or moment. You cannot fight your feelings or try to get rid of and distract yourself from negative thoughts either, this will just make the Limbic System more overactive and over alert. So the opposite has to begin happening. There are simple but effective ways in which you can experience negative thoughts and feelings and begin reducing the fight or flight response to them so that you have much more control over what you need to do next. It’s either be reactive or be pro-active the choice is yours.
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