When we’re under acute stress the survival areas of our brain are more likely to be “online”, which means that our thinking becomes much more black and white, our attention is more narrowly focused on the immediate here and now, we start to have difficulty planning or thinking ahead, we have difficulty regulating our emotions, and we become less able to make decisions. This is a normal response to challenging times. Any other source of “threat”, such as long-term stress, worry, anger or tiredness can turn the survival parts of our brain on.
For more information on strategies for managing stress:
Extreme Stressors – NHS+Stressors
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