Have you noticed your ability to pay attention suffers when you are stressed? The need to juggle work, home, finance and health can be intense.
The current situation and this new idea of normality can cause anxiety. Or our stress might be more noticeable because we are stopping or working in a different way, and so our patterns are less able to continue.
Uncontrollable stress can cause high levels of arousal chemicals (Our fight and flight mode read more here) to release into the brain, which causes our prefrontal cortex to ‘shut down’, affecting our decision making, planning, patience, impulse control, working memory, and ability to focus.
There are ways to feel and be present and avoid the overwhelm. When you manage your stress response so that you feel alert, safe, and interested, then less chemicals are released.
Here are some simple techniques to help you to get some perspective, to give you a sense of control and to strengthen the prefrontal cortex:
Deep breathing: Here is a simple exercise which you can try easily at home
Meditate: We love this 30 minute journey by Mooji
Make a schedule and include breaks and still or quiet time.
Try waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day. (This also helps your brain to process anxiety while you’re sleeping)