What do you mean, “My mental and physical health are being hijacked? Am I not in control of my own mind? If not, who is in the driver’s seat?!”
As you ask yourself these questions, I invite you to seek to understand what is happening in the brain neurology when you have experiences that create feelings and emotions of being unsafe, threatened, fearful, or negative in any way, and how you can create awareness and manage both the health of your body and your mind for healing and optimization that is sustainable and long-lasting.
How Your Brain Gets Hijacked
Under ordinary circumstances, your brain divides thoughts and emotions between two areas of the brain. The frontal lobe is in charge of reasoning, personality, judgment, awareness, and habits, such as monitoring and inhibiting your behavior, expressing your emotions, and being mentally flexible and able to create an array of many possibilities and outcomes for any experience.
Meanwhile, your amygdala (also known as your primitive brain) signals your body for fight or flight when it gets triggered by ‘danger’ signals like emotions of fear, anxiety, danger, or aggression for example. When triggered, it turns on your stress response which in turn instantly alters your brain, thyroid, metabolic, and stress hormones causing a cascade of neurological and biological alterations in order to get the body ready for survival.
The big six emotions that trigger the amygdala are: