First up, what is your lizard brain? It is your primal part of your brain that keeps you safe and sound. The lizard brain is influenced by your amygdala in your brain which is associated with your stress response, anger and fear. It’s an important part of the brain however, sometimes the lizard brain can be overactive due to a variety of factors, chemicals, food, drugs, stressful environments and previous trauma can lead to a heightened state and overactive lizard brain. This in turn has the potential to lead to anxiety. Watch this video which does a great job of explaining the lizard brain.
Even if you are safe and sound, the lizard brain can sometimes be triggered and put you into and KEEP you in a stressed out state.
Notice if your lizard brain takes over sometimes and you find yourself procrastinating and left in your tracks, not doing anything when you want to take action. Read Defeat Your Lizard Brain and Banish Procrastination Forever (accendoreliability.com) which lists out terrific ideas on how to override your lizard brain. Key steps include:
- Identify your goals
- Make a list
- Be part of the solution, not the problem
- Take action
How can you tame your lizard brain?
- Meditation can help
- Movement through yoga asana to neutralise an overactive amygdala can help
- Creating art
- Social connections
Tame your lizard brain and you can do anything. 🙂