How to Rewire and Stay Cool Under Pressure
Posted Oct 28, 2018
If you’re like most people, you might not even know about your own brain, and yet your brain is who you are. It is the boss of your mind and body. So it’s important to know what it’s up to, especially when you’re under pressure. With modern imaging techniques, scientists have advanced our understanding of this amazing organ and how it functions under stress.
1. Meet Your Brain
Your brain is about the size of your fist and weighs about as much as a cantaloupe—around three pounds. Although it’s mostly made up of water, the human brain contains as many as 100 billion neurons. The neurons connect through long, spidery arms and communicate with each other through electrochemical signals. Your brain never shuts down. It’s your protector, active around the clock—even when you’re asleep—to keep you safe so you can survive this thing called life. Your brain is prewired to constantly scan your inner and outer worlds for threats and to react automatically to perceived threats—even if they’re not real.
2. Get in Touch with Your Lizard Brain
Are you waiting for the ax to fall or worrying that something bad might happen—even though there’s no good reason for it?