Diminishing fear responses relieves stress on your body. Lessening the fear response Empowers Self Healing.
Fear is a Biological Respond
New research has shown again and again that your responses or reactions to fear are normal human biological responses. A bit about the science, fear pathways pass through the almond-shaped neural structure called the amygdala. Fear produces cues through the basal nucleus and the central nucleus of the amygdala activates multiple brain regions. The human chemical system is alerted.
Fear causes different responses in the body
Each region of the body then produces a sign and symptom of fear. For example, activation of the lateral hypothalamus can lead to changes in blood pressure, heart rate and sweating. Activation of the parabrachial nucleus can lead to panting and respiratory distress, and more. All these responses are meant to help you survive. The body is on alert.
Our fear response is not just fight or flight. The fight, flight or freeze or fawn or other survival instincts alert our bodies to cope with immediate danger.
Human survival historically required freezing, disappearing, cooperation or the better-known fight or flight responses which all are the response to fear.
Survival instincts, including fear, have protected humans.
Fear makes sense in some situations, like if someone has a knife to your throat. It only becomes a problem when you react fearfully even when you are not in actual danger.
Don’t try to diminish the alert of fear if you need it to survive. However, notice if you really are challenged.
But most of the time you are not in actual danger. Instead, you are thinking about something that could happen. That thought of the possible creates a fear response. Then your body is overreacting to something that is not real.
real or imagined, you have control.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. – Marcus Aurelius
We have all heard it, felt it, sensed it, experienced it and dealt with it in some way or another. FEAR! False Evidence Appearing Real! You react to the thought of a noose at your neck the same as you do if it is really there.
Fear begins with your THOUGHTS. It’s these thoughts that begin to affect our emotions. Once you LEARN how to control them, you then have a much more powerful position. You have a choice. And that choice will determine your actions.
The question is, how are you do handle False Evidence Appearing Real now? Do you just go into your fear cycle because you always have? Or are you ready to change?
To Reduce the body tension from your fear response.
The following are steps you can take to lessen the physical impact of fear on your body, your fear response.
- Realize your fear is a biological cycle that will have an exit. That realization is an important step to diminishing your fear response.
- Interestingly, humans are born relaxed, yet over time muscle tensions from the fear cycle develop into habits. The body practices stress reactions to real physical danger. Or, for most people, not living in war zones, to imagined fears. That imagine fear continues until the pattern is cemented. Fear diminishes with the understanding that your fear is a habit, a practice, something that you’ve learned. The great thing is you can create new relaxed habits.
- Diminish fear’s power by committing to and taking responsibility for changing your thought pattern. Thinking the worst all the time will reinforce the fear cycle. Change your attitude towards both generalized fear and a specific fear.
- Notice your specific body’s reactions when fearful or when you begin your fear cycle. This will lead to the ability for you to take responsibility for those actions. Changing how your body reacts breaks your ingrained practices. Using a practice like biofeedback to understand in detail your body’s reactions will give you a tool to know when to relax your body. Interrupting tense body habits (practices) helps to break your established cycle, for example holding your breath when scared. Instead, try breathing calmly and deeply and this will allow the bad practices to exit your ingrained cycle.
- Becoming aware of your triggers and how your fear starts is so important. Knowing how your fear cycle starts is vital to exiting your cycle. Breaking your fear cycle by transfusing a new choice for your body reactions creates new conscious controls. You will literally no longer be ruled by fear from your unconscious.
- You must realize how much of your present fear response or reaction is an unconscious response to your past. Admitting that your present feelings of fear really stem from past experiences, not from your current situation, naturally diminishes the fear you feel. This realization is important for exiting your fear cycle.
- When experiencing the symptoms of a fear cycle, consciously set aside what is in the past. For example, setting aside eighty percent of your reaction to deal with in the future is a great use of the 80/20 rule. When your fear is past-based, dealing with only twenty percent of it in the present, simplifies the cycle.
- Straining to overcome the fear response only adds to it. Trying hard causes body tension. Doing less is better. The very act of slowing down, letting go, breaks patterns.
- Learning body movements such as Tai Chi or Feldenkrais or yoga which are designed to interrupt the stress/tense state allows your body to relearn a more relaxed baseline. Remember flexible efficient movement is the opposite of your body’s fear response or rage reaction.
- It is easier to change patterns when you reach out and help others. That can be by simply sharing your struggles. Establishing a support system with someone else who has similar difficulties helps diminish your fear. Interestingly, you will learn by simply listening and encouraging.
- Finally, act in the way you want to experience the future. Acting as if your new practices have already changed your body’s fear response will associate any new experiences with your actual situation. You will no longer have unconscious behaviors based in the past. Therefore, you are now reinforcing and associating calm where there had been fear in the past.
But it is more easily handled in these suggested stages or individual goals.
Continue to work on each of these goals until they are your standard practice or way of living or your standard operating procedure.
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