The California’s National Institute of Mental Health points out that more than 18 percent of adult Americans suffer from chronic anxiety and depression that are characterized by uncontrolled tension and worry that further causes physical issues.
EVERY PERSON HAS 2 BRAINS?
Structurally, we have only 1 brain, however, from a cognitive point of view, we have 2, one is the ‘thinking’ and the other is ‘unthinking’. So, we tend to worry first instead of thinking first. According to Joseph LeDoix, a scientist from New York, this is because connections from the emotional to the cognitive systems are stronger than those from the cognitive to the emotional systems.
He further explains that the emotional systems are the limbic systems in our brain that are in charge of the emotional responses of the brain. The limbic system is comprised of the hippocampus and the amygdale that are the oldest brain structures.
On the other hand, the prefrontal cortex or the thinking system is among the newest structures and this is why we are probably prone to making bad decisions regardless of our intelligence. This is why we need to learn how to use our thinking brain more than the emotional one.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS?
This process is possible; however, it requires a lot of dedication, time, and effort. When we achieve this, we will notice a lot of positive changes like less worry and anxiousness, more productivity, and saving more money.
With this in mind, we decided to present 5 ways that can help you do this, according to Susan K. Whitbourne, a professor of psychological and brain science at the University of Massachusetts.
EXAMINE YOUR IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS
It is our own fault if we have illogical beliefs and fears that make us see threat when there is none. Usually, we have these thoughts as a connection to our efforts to live up to other people’s expectations and worrying when we fail to accomplish this. The key is to find a balance between the ‘perfect’ and ‘actual’ self.
LEARN TO PUT FEELINGS ASIDE
When we are emotional, we often make the wrong decisions. This is why we need to put our feelings aside when making an important decision so that the decision is fair and reasonable.
BECOME CONFIDENT THROUGH SELF-CONTROL
People become more confident and bring good decisions when they feel that they control themselves and the situation. When one is able to control their problematic behavior, they will control their limbic systems more efficiently.
TALK YOUR WAY THROUGH FEELINGS
According to cognitive-behavioral psychology, there is a way to control irrational thoughts by substituting negative feelings with neutral or positive ones.
GET THE ADEQUATE SUPPORT
When you are emotionally overwhelmed, it is always a good call to ask someone who can offer proper guidance and insight into your issue. This can be your cortex because they are not emotionally involved in your situation and can improve your judgment.