Fight or Flight
The "fight or flight response" is our body's instinctive response that prepares the body to "fight" or "fly" from perceived attack, harm or danger to our survival. Extreme stress from inner worries or external conditions can lead to major health consequences. This response actually parallels to an area of our brain called the hypothalamus, which—when stimulated—initiates a series of nerve cell firing and biological release that makes our body for running or fighting.
What happens to our body when we go into fight or flight mode on a regular basis?
• Our body experience a series of very dramatic changes
• Our breathing rises
• Blood is pushed away from our digestive tract and directed into our muscles and limbs,
which require extra energy and fuel for running and fighting
• Our instincts quicken
• Our awareness of pain lessens
• Our immune system mobilizes with increased activation
• We accumulate stress hormones
• We can get headaches
• We can get Irritable bowel syndrome
• We have an increase in blood pressure
• We become vulnerable to infections
• We can experience chronic fatigue
• We can experience depression
Continue to practice mindfulness to help regulate your breath and become more aware of your body’s reaction to stress. The practice will also help you become less reactive. Remember to get active through exercise or other physical activity.