Your brain is a top-notch security system, analyzing risks and doing everything it can to keep you safe.
From the moment you wake up until you go to sleep at night, your brain makes an infinite number of decisions to protect you. Most of those choices happen beneath the level of awareness, in your subconscious.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted that system, especially because it is undetectable by the five senses. Think about it: our sensory systems serve as perimeter defenses, checking our surroundings for danger at all times.
When there’s a fire, you see, hear, feel, and smell the flames. When milk has expired, you smell bacteria. Your brain combines incoming sensory information with existing memories, then it orders the body to react.
For the last few years, our personal security systems have been severely compromised. Every time you go outside, enter a new place, or have a conversation with a friend, your brain attempts to assess the danger, and struggles.
To learn more about the repercussions of the pandemic and its ongoing impact on our daily lives, check out our Instaread on World War C.