Words of Inspiration | Where Does Fear (Stress) Belong?
One thing about being involved in the medical industry is observing the changing prescribing trends with medication. It is clear that since Covid-19, there has been an increase in mental health issues (people are feeling more stressed, as well as medical conditions like anxiety, depression and insomnia).
If we go back many hundreds of years, we soon realise that there was a response that was needed to preserve a human being’s life – the response is known as the “flight or fight response”. Basically, the way it works is when we as humans are confronted with a threat to our life (a wild animal, an enemy) then we either go “fight” the threat or we take “flight” from the threat (we run away). This response was/is designed to save our life.
Fast forward to today, and we are experiencing this response over incidences that are not life threatening. Here are a few:
1. Someone takes our car park space as we are about to pull in
2. Our boss calls us into the office because he/she is not happy about something
3. Our car breaks down and the repair bill is huge
4. We are running late for an important meeting
5. Someone criticises us in front of others
6. We fail an exam
When this “fight or flight” response is repeatedly activated each day, we start to display symptoms of “stress”. And we may start experiencing irrational fear.
How do we deal with this?
First and foremost it is important to recognise it for what it is – it is the “flight or fight” response during or following an incident that really is not life & death.
Second, we need to get out of the “pressure cooker” – change our state of mind by doing something different such as:
1. Taking slow deep breaths
2. Going for a walk into nature
3. Listening to your favourite inspirational songs
4. Talking to someone who you resonate with, and who is positive (even if it is a phone call)
5. Vigorous exercise (a run, gym session, or other)
6. Meditating for 15-20mins
Thirdly, we need to accept that all such responses are due to a thought process that needs changing. We need to change a limiting belief and convert it into an empowering belief. This becomes an affirmation that we say to ourselves two or more times a day. For example, “What if I fail?” can become “As long as I do my best, I am happy”.
Next time we are feeling stress/angst/fear, let us remember that it is a response intended for life preservation and not for suffering.
Say to yourself many times a day “Be anxious for nothing”. This affirmation alone will do wonders to your state of mind and management of stressors.
Live with passion, stay on your life purpose, and always be at peace.
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Best wishes to you as you live a life of passion, purpose and peace as an open minded progressive human being.
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