Your Brain Developed in Three Basic Stages

Your inner iguana needs a LOT of petting.

7/27/2021 7:01:00 PM

Understanding the history of how the brain developed may help people soothe their anxiety. Here's how.

Your inner iguana needs a LOT of petting.

lotof petting!How to Work with Your Reptilian BrainTo begin with, I've found it helps me to appreciate how scared that little lizard inside each one of us is. Lizards—and early mammals, emerging about 200 million years ago—that were not continually uneasy and vigilant would fail the first test of life in the wild: eat lunch—don't be lunch—today.

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So be aware of the ongoing background trickle of anxiety in your mind, the subtle guarding and bracing with people and events as you move through your day. Then, again and again, try to relax some, remind yourself that you are actually alright right now, and send soothing and calming down into the most ancient layers of your mind.

Also, soothe your own body. Most of the signals coming into the brain originate inside the body, not from out there in the world. Therefore, as your body settles down, that sends feedback up into your brain that all is well—or at least not too bad. Take a deep breath and feel each part of it, noticing that you are basically OK, and letting go of tension and anxiety as you exhale; repeat as you like. Shift your posture—even right now as you read this—to a more comfortable position. As you do activities such as eating, walking, using the bathroom, or going to bed, keep bringing awareness to the fact that you are safe, that necessary things are getting done just fine, that you are alive and well. headtopics.com

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