An overactive amygdala: your body’s emotional alarm clock keeps going off

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When negative thoughts constantly predominate, our amygdala becomes overactive and hyperalert. An overactive amygdala and disturbing daily rhythms can cause you to overreact, sabotaging your inner energy flow and unbalancing your aura. Fortunately, you can restore this and create inner peace again.  This article explains how.

An overactive amygdala causes you to react unnecessarily paranoid to energy suckers and other drains on your energy.

An overactive amygdala

The amygdala is a small part of the brain that you can think of as the body’s emotional alarm clock. It regulates our biological response to the fear of things in the present, but (and this is crucial) also responds to fears we remember from the past. Many people are trapped in a negative view of things and can no longer distinguish between negative events from the past and what is actually happening to us in the present. There is then a constant tendency to project negativity from the past onto the present. 

When negative thoughts constantly predominate, our amygdala becomes overactive and hyperalert. Our nervous and hormonal system reacts to this again, which leads to overly violent reactions, which then become a habit. We often mention fears and worries in the same breath, but they are different things. Fear is a response to actual danger, while worry is a response to what you perceive as threatening.

An overactive amygdala causes you to react unnecessarily paranoid to energy suckers and other drains on your energy. Your brain neurologically supports this negative attitude. You can think of an out-of-balance amygdala as a burglar alarm that is set incorrectly: it keeps going off because it sees burglars everywhere.

An overactive amygdala: your body's emotional alarm clock keeps going off

Nicely numb

Interestingly, the amygdala not only triggers a fight-or-flight response, which is often associated with fear, but also the stiffening response. In her practice, Alla Svirinskaya often encounters clients who are “pleasantly sedated.” They don’t run from problems, but they don’t face them either. Instead, they more or less freeze and detach from the present. They dissociate. Energetically, their aura is trying to disappear instead of facing the reality of the challenge ahead.

This rigidity is an extremely exhausting state and requires a complex therapeutic approach to bring the client back to life and alertness. Unfortunately, many people become accustomed to this ossified condition; they will find it normal.

Remember that the amygdala is constantly on the lookout, triggering the survival response when faced with danger, real or imagined. That’s why, again, it’s so important to develop a healthier, more neutral view of reality, rather than automatically adopting a negative attitude.

Re-educate your amygdala

An overactive amygdala: your body's emotional alarm clock keeps going off

Your amygdala should not be in charge of your energyThat must be you! Fortunately, there’s something you can do to train this part of your brain so that it gives up its iron grip:

  • Press the ‘pause button’ before reacting: cultivate the observer state. You can do this yourself. Do you want help with this? Alla Svirinskaya explains how to do this in her book Aura Energy . Two meditations from her book: ‘The neutral state’ and ‘The periscope’, are also very suitable for learning to achieve a more balanced posture.
  • Don’t let your moments take away from you. Stay in the present by practicing mindfulness and connecting with the energy of the now.
  • Nourish your amygdala by doing things that make you happy. When you really engage in an activity that gives you pleasure and joy, even for half a minute, you regulate and repair your amygdala.
  • Become aware of sensory pleasure as often as you can, let it really sink in – smell a rose, stroke your child’s hair, follow a bee buzzing around your garden, or do anything else that will put a smile on your face conjures up.
  • Use affirmations every day to program your brain for balanced perception and a positive attitude.
  • Eat healthy foods rich in vitamins d, b3, b5 and c, as well as l-theanine, gaba, magnesium, zinc and omega-3. Serotonin, the neurotransmitter that promotes happiness and well-being, is produced in the gut; hence, probiotics are also important for improving your overall mood.
  • You can use these tips in case of an acute ‘hostage’ of your emotional brain.

Disrupted circadian rhythms

An overactive amygdala: your body's emotional alarm clock keeps going off

Our sleep-wake rhythm, our digestion, and the secretion of hormones are regulated by our circadian rhythms, our biological clock. These rhythms also help us adapt to our environment.

If you lead a chaotic life, you destabilize your circadian rhythms, also undermining the balance and harmony of your vibrations. You lose the beauty of your inner melody. Remember that your physical body is the visible layer of your aura, so when you balance the rhythms of that layer, you also promote harmony in the other layers.

Balancing Your Circadian Rhythms

Here’s what you can do to support and balance your circadian rhythms:

  • Have regular times to go to bed and get up.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to artificial light at night, especially the blue light from digital screens.
  • Limit the number of artificial stimulants you consume, such as coffee.
  • Pay attention when you eat and concentrate on chewing.

Good luck with these tips, you can do it!

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