The Amygdala: Re-train your brain

Posted: 25th July 2019 | Author: admin

Yesterday I touched briefly on the Amygdala part of your brain over on my instragam.

The reason I wanted to talk about this is because it has a crucial role in helping to re-wire your thinking and thought process for anxiety suffers.

When we get scared or anxious, the Amygdala is the part of your brain that starts the fight or flight response. It is a small nut shaped structure that lives deep in your emotional brain which, is the limbic system.

It controls our emotional response to situations on a deep level, on a subconscious level. It is the most primitive part of our brain and is there to ensure our physical survival.

It is said that if you had to remove the Amygdala from the brain then the person would never experience fear ever again.

When your Amygdala is activated it sends signals to your brain and then your heart begins to beat faster, your temperature rises and your muscles tense… sound familiar?

It is actually a good thing if you experience this. Without it you wouldn’t be able to protect yourself in the face of danger.

Now, how does it link to anxiety?

Well, when you have anxiety you have symptoms of fear from threats that are not actually real. So you have triggers from memories or thoughts that you don’t particularly like which in turn triggers your Amygdala which then triggers your physical symptoms i.e heart racing, sweating, heavy breathing.

When you want to take control of your mental health and resolve any issues you may have, the only way you can do this is by taking control of your own mind.

If you suffer from anxiety it is distorting your reality and can cause you to suffer from perfectionism, black and white thinking or emotional reasoning. And because we have these thinking patterns instead of healthy ones, we cannot solve our fears when we are confronted with them in our heads.

The good news is we can train our Amygdala with behaviour and memory. Being aware that your thinking is distorted is a good first step, and then you can develop new ways of thinking. When your Amygdala sees that even though you have thoughts of fear, you are safe, it will then have no evidence of any threat to you.

We can start identifying the healthiest ways of thinking and behaving that is best for you and start to re-train your brain. We can re-train your Amygdala.

Love & Laughter,

Lesley.