Spring can be a challenging season for anyone struggling with poor body image. Despite being the most active and engaging time of year for some, it can amplify body image insecurities in many of us. With constant reminders that bathing suit season is fast approaching, even the most confident people can become highly self-critical. And if you’re already trying to cope with a negative body image, it can feel like everyone your encounter is examining your physicality under a giant microscope and every flaw is accentuated. Talk about something that can bring on the anxiety! Fortunately, there are effective ways to nip these stressors in the bud.
Is your emotional brain winning the fight over your rational brain? Under normal circumstances, anxiety is your body’s response to a traumatic, dangerous, or fear-inducing situation. But when it spirals out of control and you can’t calm down, anxiety can be debilitating. That “flight or fight” response initiates a cascade of physiological changes you can’t stop because your emotional brain is in control. You may realize those fears and physical symptoms are unfounded, but when your emotional brain is in charge, that doesn’t matter.
Let neurofeedback give you a new perspective. Learning how to manage anxiety is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, brain function, and mental well-being. When you’re anxious, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, your breathing becomes fast and shallow, and blood gets directed away from your brain and into your muscles. The long-term physical effects of this severe anxiety and chronic stress can be highly detrimental to your health, causing cardiovascular changes, reduced immune system response, depression, and a host of other ailments. Neurofeedback teaches you how to manage your brainwave activity to stop that stress response cascade.
Tap into your brain’s resiliency. Did you know that your brain has the ability to make new connections all the time? It can also learn new ways of responding to break out of harmful patterns. Neurofeedback training can help anxious, overstimulated brains learn more productive patterns of self-regulation. As you sit comfortably in front of a computer screen enjoying a game or movie, your brainwaves are monitored. And when they jump out of bounds, the audio and visual inputs change, capturing your mind’s attention and teaching it to respond in a more balanced way. This simple but powerful training helps break harmful feedback loops, and encourages your brain to build new pathways. Neurofeedback training alleviates anxiety by helping you reset your brain’s response to normal levels. Best of all, the effects are long-lasting, painless, and drug-free. Imagine how great it could be to face bathing suit season with a smile!
By Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, LICSW, CEDS, Executive Director at The Better Brain Center. If you would like to get in touch with Andrew please call 833-964-8483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.