What Happens in the Brain When You Don’t Feel Safe

It’s not your fault you can’t calm down these days

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“The brain’s goal is to keep you alive, not happy.”

1. Spread some love.

2. Practice mindfulness.

Here are some of the main things the prefrontal cortex needs to see for it to consider an environment safe: a supportive social network, trust in society at large, physical health, a feeling of being in control, and access to nature.

3. Control what you can.

4. Take steps to change the future.

Andrea Bartz is a journalist and the author of THE LOST NIGHT, a thriller from Crown, and THE HERD, a forthcoming thriller from Ballantine, out March 2020.

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