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Why do we get nervous?

Why do we get nervous? How does it work in the body? Is there a reason for this feeling? Let’s take a look at the science behind being on edge.

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We all experience nervousness and anxiety at one point or another- it’s a big part of our evolution- so try not to panic when you feel those butterflies in your stomach.

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Our brains contain a part called the hypothalamus, and it’s this that triggers feelings of stress. When we find experiences ‘abnormal’ adrenaline is released to activate our ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ responses.

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The simplest way to calm our brain and nervous system is by taking deep breaths and reassuring ourselves that there's nothing to worry about.

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