The human brain has two main functions: one is for self-preservation; the other is for taking risks and exploring new territory. Today, danger takes different forms to that of our pre-historic ancestors, however, our brains are hardwired to respond in the same way. Stress hormones are released shutting off the blood flow to less vital organs, in turn mobilising the rapid bodily responses needed for fight or flight. This causes thoughts to become muddled and people experience what is called ‘neural static’.
In a positive and relaxed frame of mind, the brain can think clearly to connect ideas, a pre-requisite for creativity.