7 Ways To Hack Your Brain To Feel Less Anxiety

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Anxiety starts in your brain, but it affects every part of your body when it's at it's strongest. But fighting anxiety often comes back to engaging with your brain, and the science at play when you're feeling super-stressed. Brain hacks for anxiety is possible, and you don't need any fancy apps or gadgets to do it.

Anxiety is one of our body's oldest coping mechanisms; a way of responding to the feeling of danger, even if it isn't there. Fight-or-flight mode overtakes all of your body's systems, but is brought on by some specific hormones.

"Neurologically speaking, anxiety occurs when there is an over-activation of cortisol and adrenaline pumping through the nervous system," licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist Robyn Gold, tells Bustle. "Our bodies have an innate stress response designed to protect us from danger so we produce these hormones in response to any perceived emotional or physical threat." So something as serious as an impending physical attack, or something as physically non-threatening as a loud noise or upcoming public presentation, can switch your body into danger-mode. It's important to understand how to work with your brain to feel less anxiety in these situations.

Here are seven ways to hack your brain to feel less anxious, according to experts.