Combating Stress Using Brain Science

How to tackle stress by learning about the BRAIN (meditation the rescue)
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Ever have that feeling like your heart is going to explode out of your chest and your and your mind is racing? Sweating or hands shaking? That's your amygdala, this little nugget in your brain, firing. It was designed to protect us from dangers like mammoths and lions and big foot coming to get us, but instead, it now fires whenever we feel remotely threatened or stressed out. Got a weird text from someone? it might fire. Drank too much at the party? it could fire. Think you're about to miss a deadline or are super late for an event? AMYGDALA FIRING
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When that happens, our pre-frontal cortexthat makes all our rational, logical decisions, helps us concentrate, make decisions and otherwise get things done, goes offline. (It's basically our best friend and is thicker in successful people). As such, when the amygdala is firing, we feel frozen
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The amygdala will tell you to binge eat to calm it down (actually). A healthier alternative is to take big, deep breaths. Breath calms down the amygdala so the pre-frontal cortex can go back online and you can logically and rationally think and make decisions again
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Here's the KICKER - when you meditate regularly, your pre-frontal cortex actually thickens, while your amygdala learns how to calm the F down - it gets SMALLER and stops firing so much. 
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It's a stressful time of year - end of year targets, shopping, family obligations, and events. Next time you are feeling OVERWHELMED, try this little trick to get your anxiety under control. Breathe in for four counts, and then out for four counts. This will allow the amygdala to calm down so that the pre-frontal cortex can go back online.