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Heavy Metal Therapy | Breathe with Me

Gotten scared or anxious? Ever noticed afterwards (maybe not at the time when you’re in that state because you’re in that scared/anxious state) that you can’t think or can’t think clearly so you just acted? Ever noticed that if someone asks us what we need when we’re in that state we don’t know and often the best course of action for most people is to get as far away as we can from that situation or just to not get into those situations in the first place? The brain does this fantastic thing where it practically stops logical thinking and actions are driven by the adrenaline that’s being flooded round the body to get us ready to stand and fight or flee.

There’s an interesting theory that the brain can be divided into 3 sections with 1 section housing the logic, conscious thought and self-awareness, a 2nd section with the emotional centre and a 3rd which is the lizard/older part of the brain where the instinctive reactions sit. There’s a lovely structure that sits in that 2nd section called the amygdala which can be thought of like the brain’s fire alarm. When something triggers this structure, it caused the lizard part to kick in whilst also dampening down the 1st section. So, it essentially you may struggle to think what’s wrong, think your way out of it or question/challenge what’s making you anxious and look at it logically.

What some people find useful is to take a breath and then another and another – slowly! By trying to slow/control the quick (get ready to flee) breathing can then help slow the heartrate and as the ‘get ready’ response is slowly turned down that means the fire alarm gets muted and then the logic part of the brain can come back online. There are lots of breathing strategies and I’m mindful of being prescriptive in these short pieces but it might be something you chose to look into.

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