Do You Have Fight or Flight Syndrome?
In response to acute stress, the body releases hormones from the sympathetic nervous system. In an emergency, this serves a valuable purpose to signal the body to respond immediately in ways that protect you from any real or perceived threat. Unfortunately, millions of Americans live in fight or flight mode daily. It’s like the adrenaline switch never turns off. This can overfatigue the adrenal glands, leading to emotional/mental exhaustion. Do you have fight or flight syndrome? If so, what can you do about it?
Energetically, fight of flight mode puts the mind and body in a very contracted, restricted state. This can be sensed in the body as a tight jaw, clenched fists, elevated shoulder muscles, digestive turmoil, constipation, dry skin, brain fog, monkey mind, the inability to relax physically and mentally, and unregulated emotional states. Many in fight or flight mode cannot sleep at night. They suddenly and abruptly wake up from deep sleep between the early morning hours. This further exasperates your already exhausted mind and body. Other physiological responses happen like increased heart rate and blood pressure. Your breath pattern changes to rapid breathing or holding the breath (constricting). You may talk rapidly, not allowing anyone to get a word in, have road rage, or be unable to sit still even though you feel exhausted.
To begin to change your fight or flight mode, you must do the opposite of restriction and contraction. Take quiet time along to really tune in and feel your body and hear your thought. You must expand your lungs to breathe fully and deeply. Relax your muscles with stretching and supportive minerals like magnesium, B vitamins, and nervine relaxants like chamomile tea, St. John’s Wort, L-theanine, GABA, and lavender essential oil. Pay attention to your thoughts. Are you creating a state of fear with imagined future threats? Are you dwelling on past trauma that is no longer occurring in this present moment?
Creating a daily ritual aimed to relax and expand your mind and body will help you begin to calm your nervous system and bring it back into balance. Take a hot bath with Epsom salt and lavender essential oil. Take GABA or CBD before bed to help you rest well, or drink tart cherry juice which has naturally occurring melatonin to help your pineal gland. Move your body to release held muscle tension. Try Yoga, Pilates, or stretching. Go for a walk outdoors in nature. Journal to channel your thoughts. Write about what is bothering you to release the energy behind it, but also tune into positive thinking to move you forward.
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