Our brains and nervous systems are wired to respond to threats and danger. This reaction is designed to be a short-term response that activates us to fight or flee a situation. Once the danger has passed, the body is meant to return to a calmer state.
But when the endpoint of a threat is unknown or it is something we can’t control or get away from (a pandemic, climate change) our threat-response system can get “stuck on," always on alert and ready to respond.
In those moments, logic and reason are simply no match for the body’s innate survival response and we can spiral down the anxiety rabbit hole of worry and disaster thinking.
This cycle can be exhausting and the longer it goes on, the more deeply embedded and habitual it becomes.