Unit 2 What is stress ?

What happens when we are stressed?

Flipping our lid!

That means that we have perceived a sound, image, or body sensation as a threat and our brain activated the body’s stress response in order to prepare us for fight, flight or freeze.

The prefrontal cortex shuts down and no longer works with the rest of our brain.

In that moment we do no longer have access to all of high competencies such as problem solving skills, empathy, ability to put things into perspective, managing emotional reactions, inhibition…

Reptilian brain and limbic area take over our analytical and empathetic thinking.

At that time you are not in a physiological condition to take any kind of decision or to connect with other person. So avoid say something you’ll regret…

How can we regain control and better cope with stressful situation?