Talk about a mind melt! New research published in Scientific American sketches out the biology behind a brain freeze: Everyday stress disables brain function, literally shutting down the central nervous system’s command center. When the amygdala, which processes emotions, takes over, mental paralysis and panic can result.
But don’t panic! This is simply another great argument for the need for policies that promote stress reduction and a reminder of the importance of practicing mindfulness. This particular SA feature is available only to subscribers, but non-subscribers can click to read a nice summary of the research or see SA’s stress meter quiz. And everyone can check out alternahealthgrrrl posts on the science behind mindfulness and how to use it to melt your every stress levels.