Your brain stem and limbic system are online keeping you alive. They record the moments in your life as memories, along with any details about the “potential danger” (ie. stress) that just came your way, so that you can avoid it in the future.
*This is a gift from God to keep you alive, and help you automatically avoid these situations later in life.
Your Neocortex shuts offline and literally doesn’t function. Consider it unplugged, like a power outage. You have no cognitive functions when you’re in survival mode. This helps save your life, as you wouldn’t be able to think your way through your own survival. (God knew you’d overthink it and freeze).
When you’re actually in physical danger, this is awesome. You don’t need to think about how to run or fight physical danger, like a mountain lion or a mugger in a dark alley. You just need to run and fight like heaven to survive.
It’s when you’re in emotional overwhelm (ie. stress), that it becomes an issue.
Your brain, as awesome as it is, doesn’t know the difference between physical danger and emotional overwhelm. These survival instincts kick in, assuming the worst, and now you have no cognitive function, even when you’re physically safe.
This is why when you’re stressed, you can’t think clearly and make irrational decisions that have unfortunate consequences. You lose our keys, forget your schedule, agree to things you can’t show up for, spend money you never should have, etc., etc.
Satan knows this. He uses this vulnerability to attack you and convince you to do all kinds of things that don’t help you. Which is where help comes in.
Queue mental health resources to help you release your stress.