– By Elaine Corcoran, Founder & Clinical Director at Brain Training Australia™
Your brain is the engine that drives your life. It controls how you think, what you think, when you think it, as well as influence how you feel and behave. If your brain isn’t functioning well, then you as a person, are not operating at your best. Common signs of a brain that is struggling are: stress, poor moods, bad reactions, negative thinking, being unkind, feeling lethargic, procrastinating, insomnia, bad food choices, and oh boy, the list really does go on.
A brain that gets stuck in a struggle can develop anxiety, depression, suffer from post trauma and things can really go down the rabbit hole. There is good news though – and lots of it.
Way One: Neurofeedback and Sleep
Your brain needs sleep to evaluate, file information, recharge and prepare for the next day. That’s common knowledge right? But what happens when our sleep patterns are thrown off and we stop sleeping properly? We start to feel tired, cranky, overworked, undervalued, and we start to focus on the negatives in life rather than the positive.
That is just what tired brains do – the negative thought pattern is easier to access than the positive one. Good news though – most insomnia issues are the result of a neural dysregulation that can be put back on track with simple sessions of Neurofeedback.
Way Two: Stress and Neurofeedback
Stress will burn your brain out faster than a lit match on a windy night. Stress causes over-stimulation in the brain, spiking cortisol levels and putting a lot of pressure on the adrenals. Cortisol is your fight or flight chemical – when it is high, your brain is working extremely hard and it won’t stop working hard until your cortisol level drops.
There are a fair few signs that your cortisol levels are too high. These signs include: constant and often repetitive thoughts, elevated heart rate, unable to focus, unable to let go of little things, over-reacting to the small stuff, waking up feeling very tired and feeling frazzled all the time. That’s not an ideal way to function. Good news again though – Neurofeedback sessions will re-regulate the issue in no time and things will get much better.
Way Three: Anxiety Will Be Conquered
Anxiety is a pain in the jaxie. You know that right? Once again anxiety is typically the result of one part of the brain being overactive to the point that regulation is lost. So, an anxious person can say to themselves ‘there’s nothing to worry about it’, and they can absolutely know that this is a fact, however they can’t stop the feelings of anxiety. It’s a real mind bender and it really can screw up lives. It can lead to a person becoming anti-social, not showing up to work, substance abuse issues – especially alcohol and so on. Here’s the good news – you guessed it. Neurofeedback can re-balance the dysregulation that is causing anxiety. Now anxiety can be a bit stubborn because it is quite complex but once the Neurofeedback sessions help the brain to find balance, everything comes good.
Bonus Fact: You’re Not Unfixable
Most people have numerous dysregulations and it’s no big deal. Because Neurofeedback is a balancing system, it sorts out all the issues at the same time. For example, many people with anxiety also have a level of depression, which makes sense, because anxiety is tough to deal with therefore it is hardly abnormal to feel down about things. As another example is that people with insomnia will often be suffering from high stress or burnout and again, Neurofeedback will re-balance both issues so that they both go away.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Sleep, Stress, Depression or Anxiety then contact the team of Certified Neurofeedback Professionals at Brain Training Australia™ and get started today. Life’s too short to be struggling.