This is our body’s primitive and innate response that enables us to ‘fight’ or ‘flee’ from perceived attack in order to ensure our survival. It gives us the physical capabilities to literally run or fight for our lives. The response is hardwired into our brains and can be difficult for many to control. For example, imagine you are walking down the street and come face to face with a big, black dog growling at you. You are going to want to get out of there as quickly as possible and this is where the stress response kicks in.
However, in the modern world every day is a series of stressful events. We lose our keys, argue with the kids, rush to get to work on time, feel the pressure of trying to get through hundreds of emails in a day or hand a report in on time, then rush back out the door again only to get stuck in rush hour traffic. All these small events initiate the same ‘fight or flight’ response within our bodies.
Changes that occur in the body with anxiety and stress
Next week's blog: 5 Simple Steps to improve your body's resilience to stress