The brain and body can get stuck in negative spirals. For example, certain types of thinking or behaviour can become a pattern or ‘automatic’ if they are run many times, the neural pathways become stronger with use (to read more about neuroplasticity click here).
In the case of anxiety, anxious thoughts will be triggering the ‘flight/fight response (click here) and this means that the ‘clever thinking’ part of the brain gets switched off and then it can be difficult to think clearly to find positive solutions to the situation or problem.
In the case of people with health conditions where the symptoms don’t seem to go away or become ‘chronic’, a theory which is supported by some research so far (Dr. Vegard Bruun Wyller MD PhD at the Division of Paediatrics, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway) and supports a lot of the results seen from the Lightning Process, which suggests that for some reason which no one yet understands, chronic conditions such as ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, PVS, Glandular Fever which doesn’t resolve normally, could be explained as the body being ‘stuck’ in the flight/fight response.
The Lightning Process focuses on how to recognise what is going on and to learn how to switch off that previously unconscious response and train the brain and body to react any normal ‘stresses’ in life, with calm and confidence instead. This means that the clever thinking part of the brain is functioning fully and all the key systems in the body are able to function properly too.