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March 19, 2020


If you're not feeling 100% like yourself these days,
that's 100% normal.

This is Your Brain on Fear…
When times are as uncertain as they are right now, it is not surprising that most of us are feeling a bit off our game.

Perhaps you’re finding it hard to concentrate.
Or maybe you’re dropping things, feeling unusually clumsy.
You may have trouble sleeping or eating.
Or maybe it’s the opposite, that all you want to do is sleep or eat (or both).

All of that is normal. Because your brain is doing exactly what it is designed to do.

Rooted in brain science, Catalytic Thinking reminds us that “It’s not about the thing; it’s about how people feel about the thing.”

And so this week’s eJournal is simply a link to this article: Why You Aren’t Thinking Clearly: The Brain Science of Fear in Uncertain Times, explaining why we’re all feeling a bit off.

  • Why does advice to “Stay Calm” fail to keep people calm (and may even get them more upset)?
  • And given that, what will it take to feel like we can breathe?

The more we can help people understand their own reactions, the more we will all be working to bring out the best in each other in these massively uncertain times. So if you find this article helpful, please share it with family and friends, to help them understand their own reactions.

Sending you all wishes for health and peace,

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