When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Your reflection? Your hair? Your arms, legs, hands, feet? The size of your body? Colour of your eyes? Do you ever give any thought to your brain? Sure you cant see it, fact is, you cant even feel it, but it is the most important organ you have, signaling every other part of your body to feel, move, freeze to expand and contract. It controls every thought process, action and interaction you participate in whether this be a positive or negative one. It regulates the hormones we produce all around our body. When you consider it’s importance, are you confident that you are looking after it properly? Does it get the right amount of sleep, exercise and pampering like your physical body does? If not, why not? Lots of us exercise and look after our physical body, join a gym, get hair and nails done, book a deep relaxing massage to sooth away the troubles of the day. Consideration of physical health is socially accepted and now more and more so is mental health. It is estimated that a sixth of the population will be suffering from a mental health condition at any given time (1).
The brain uses up 20% of our total energy and is representative of 8% of our total mass. Think about that. Your brain is capable of making intelligent decisions. It is unique to our species in as much as it can plan for the future, think about the past and acknowledge the here and now. The brain is composed of many different parts and works as a well oiled machine when at it’s best. But what stops, hinders and disrupts this process? Every Yin has a Yang so it will not surprise you to hear that there is another part of the brain that controls emotional responses. It is the primitive part of our brain that has not evolved and is not innovative. However, it is powerful, it controls our emotional reactions and responses, good and bad but is mostly a negative force.
How often have you found yourself worrying about an event that hasn’t even happened yet? There is a part of the brain that is so apt at negatively hypothesising about all the things that could possibly go wrong. It can lead to many emotional reactions including anxiety, panic, stress, fear. It can lead to sleepless nights on the run up to the event and complete exhaustion. Then the cycle begins all over again. Suddenly, situations you used to cope with perfectly well, trigger a negative emotional reaction. You feel that you do not have the energy or the inclination to complete them anymore. Sometimes just thinking about these tasks is overwhelming. It can make your heart beat faster, your stomach churn, you forget your words. Does it make you feel better knowing you are not alone? Let me explain what has happened. Part of the brain responsible for emotional response is overpowering your intellectual capacity to think, plan and do, it renders you incapacitated and unable to visualise how to move forward. It is a primitive reaction that we have adapted to all the modern day symptoms of anger, anxiety, depression etc. The good news is that we can exercise our brain to moderate these symptoms and in many cases, eliminate them using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy to gently access the subconscious area of the brain responsible for processing.
If this introduction to considering what the brain does and can do has intrigued you or left you wanting to hear more, why don’t you consider booking a FREE consultation with me where I can explain much more.
1. McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016) Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital. Available at: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748/apms-2014-exec-summary.... 5 October 2016]