Our brain applies the brakes when it doesn’t feel safe. But we often don’t know why it is “down regulating” our performance or increasing pain. And as a culture, we’ve been taught working harder or being more focused or disciplined will help us lose weight, feel better, get stronger or get out of pain.
But the reality is the brain is smarter than we are. If it doesn’t feel ‘safe,’ that is it’s not getting information or stimulation from some part of the body, it will go into the fight or flight response, upregulating stress hormones and pain and reducing performance.