One of the foundations to all of my work is helping my audience understand that the brain does not know the difference between something real and a thought. So whatever you’re thinking about might as well be happening because your brain reacts in the same way as if that thought were to be actually taking place in reality.
Don’t believe me? Think about someone you really love getting into a car accident. That person can be two feet in front of you, completely safe. However, if you think about them getting into a car accident a place in your brain called your hypothalamus will trigger the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) from your adrenal glands in your kidneys and give you what we call the “fight or flight” response. This in return will give you unpleasant side effects that we call anxiety. You may experience a lump in the pit of your stomach, you may sweat, etc.
Researchers tell us that we have on average 60 000 thoughts a day and for those who experience a lot of stress, anxiety, OCD, or depression most of these thoughts are not only the same thoughts we had yesterday, they are actually dwelling on bad things in the past (negative thoughts) or fearing something that could happen in the future (negative thoughts). And how does the brain react? It reacts by triggering the release of cortisol (the stress hormone) that will inevitably give you the fight or flight response and will also make you feel anxiety.
Our brains are so incredibly powerful, however, the one limitation is that it does not know the difference between something real and a thought.
Discovering how to calm your mind can and will transform your life.