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Understand how our brain is working.

Hello,

What’s good?

How do you feel? And exactly what do you feel?

The current situation can cause a whole range of emotions in people and believe me, they are all good because there are no bad emotions. Every emotion tells us something different and draws our attention to our own needs because it is very important to look after our physical and mental health now.

To facilitate understanding of what and why we feel, I will try to easily explain to you how our brain works, obviously in a big simplification.

So let’s look at our brain.

It can be divided into two parts. The first is the intellectual brain, the conscious part that interacts with the world, it is where those amazing ideas are born and that’s where we solve problems. We do not share this part of the brain with other animals. That’s why the dogs didn’t invent the computer and the cats didn’t make the plane.

The other part of our brains the original, primitive part. Don’t let the name fool you, this part of the brain is also very important, it keeps us alive. The centre of this part of the brain is the amygdala, which refers to the freeze/run/fight reaction. Next to the amygdala, there are two other important points on the map of our brain. Hippocampus and hypothalamus. The first is responsible for our primitive and sometimes inappropriate behaviours and patterns. The second regulates the chemicals in our mind and body.

At the time of danger, the primitive brain takes complete control, you can compare it to a fire and security officer. Hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline or dopamine are produced. Based on previous events, the brain makes decisions whether te fight, we run or we stand. I am sure that more than once you have responded to a stressful situation in a different way than you would like to, or you met with a situation in which other people, who witnessed dramatic events, after all, blamed themselves, that they stood as frozen and did nothing. It happened because their primitive brain compared the situation to another, in which the freezing caused the danger to pass and involuntarily applied the same technique. But let’s keep going … when the primitive man went to look for food, he knew that many dangers were waiting for him, his brain remained in readiness. He produced large amounts of hormones, the body was ready to escape, fight or freeze at any time. Other systems, such as the digestive system, and the immune system were turned off at this time. How does this relate to the situation we are in? We are bombarded with all sorts of information, mostly negative, our brain is always informed about the threat. For the brain, it doesn’t matter if the threat is a hungry tiger roaming the area or a virus, the threatened is the threatened in any shape. That’s why you are ready all the time, a lot is going on in your head, you take care of so many things, maybe you even start thinking about anxiety. Relax, everything you feel is normal in this situation. It’s nothing other than your desire to survive, don’t drown it out, don’t feel guilty, don’t be afraid. your brain is doing its job.

 Sometimes, however, a man came out of his cave and saw unfavourable conditions, lightning storms or a tiger, he decided to return to his hiding place where he felt safe. His brain then limited hormone production. Do you have that after a stressful day, all you want is to jump under the quilt? Or when you face a stressful day, do you have the impression that your bed has its gravity, which makes getting out of it an almost impossible? It’s just your cave, your brain chose this form of dealing with the situation.

It is also important to bear in mind that our brain “empties our stress bucket” during sleep, in the REM phase (rapid eye movement) and uses a lot of energy for it. So when our stress bucket is full, the brain takes more time and more energy than normal … so you can wake up tired. So if you wake up now, and go out from bed it is a challenge, don’t feel bad, don’t feel guilty, your brain has been working hard through the night.

I hope that this information will allow you to understand how your brain works and why you feel in a certain way. Each of us reacts to our particular way and each of these ways is good because it is ours. Remember to be a little more forgiving to yourself and listen to your needs. However, if you feel that your emotions overwhelming you, and you cannot deal with them alone, please ask for help. You can always talk with Mental Health Advocates who will willingly listen to you and do the best to help you. You don’t have to go through this alone. 

“What you seed in your bad time, will be harvested in your good time” 

― Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Stay safe.

Anna D.Paczkowska.

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