When our amygdala (the emotion processing and "fear centre" in the brain) becomes hyper-engaged, we lose access to the finesse of our prefrontal cortex (our "logic centre") operations. This means that when you are ‘in the vortex’ of fear (fight, flight or freeze mode) you are incapable of accessing rational and creative thinking.
Vortex is an apt description for that chaotic space of being under constant stress from daily routines (parenting, commuting, bombardment of media messages, deadlines, other people, worry, shame). Physically, being 'in the vortex' may mean you are experiencing a quicker heart rate, shallow breathing and/or muscle tension.
So, what do you do when you are 'in the vortex' of fear and not thinking straight?
In the guest post for The Coaching Tools Company I outline how Mindfulness is a powerful tool coaches can introduce to clients to help them quickly to de-stress. I share three specific mindfulness exercises that anyone can easily use.