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Anxiety and neuroplasticity

Having suffered from anxiety since the age of fifteen, I have always been fascinated in the developing conversations and studies around mental health.

One topic that is always at the forefront of the discussion, is neuroplasticity i.e. “rewiring” the brain. This has always seemed like such a hopeful and actually very simple way that those who suffer from anxiety can “manage, treat, or perhaps even cure anxiety”

What is neuroplasticity?

I found the below explanation a really simple way of understanding it:

“Our brains are truly extraordinary; unlike computers, which are built to certain specifications and receive software updates periodically, our brains can actually receive hardware updates in addition to software updates. Different pathways form and fall dormant, are created and are discarded, according to our experiences” (positivepsychology.com)

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Mindfulness meditation and neuroplasticity

Mindfulness meditation has been scientifically proven time and time to change the brain through neuroplasticity.

"With meditation, your brain is effectively being rewired: As your feelings and thoughts morph toward a more pleasant outlook your brain is also transforming, making this way of thought more of a default… The more your brain changes from meditation, the more you react to everyday life with that same sense of calm, compassion, and awareness.” (Jessica Cassity)

Several areas of the brain actually become larger after meditation, such as the hippocampus and the fight-or-flight response system in the amygdala.

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