What Happens In Your Brain When You Face Your Fears

Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you. The good news: your brain will adapt to exactly the thing you wish to do. Mental health counselor John Matthews told Elite Daily, “The ‘fight’ in fight-or-flight doesn’t necessarily mean coming to fisticuffs. It often just means persevering in the face of danger. When skydiving, taking that leap from the plane is essentially a fight, as you have a lot of internal alarms ringing to tell you that jumping from 13,000 feet may not be in your best interest. Neurologically, if you are determined to fight, your brain will unleash a wicked brew of chemicals to help you rise to the occasion.” This explains that feeling you get after you walk away from something scary and don’t know where your ability to withstand it came from. It also explains why people love the adrenaline rush they get from doing scary things like watching horror movies, riding big roller coasters, or bungee jumping. Matthews says when doing the thing that scares you, “You’ll feel a boost of adrenaline for energy, dopamine for alertness, and serotonin to help you relax.” (Elite Daily