#WYW – Physical & Emotional Reactions to Fear
Fear is the topic of the month! So we know what it is and this week we’re going to talk about the biological and emotional aspects of it so we can understand what’s going on with us when we do feel the fear.
The fear circuits are convoluted and include lots of different parts of our brains like the amygdala, hippocampus and the brain stem and blah, blah, blah, blah.
What we need to know to understand is that fear often happens in our more reptilian aspect of our brain or the part that’s a little bit more unconscious.
Fear happens in a very Primal part of our brain.
Because it is so primitive we have the same reaction whether the fear is real or imagined. We have that flight, fight or freeze reaction.
We also may have some very similar physiological reactions such as, sweating, heart racing, uncertainty, maybe nausea; all those things that we would have if we were faced with a dinosaur.
To help the physical sensations of fear I encourage you to feel what your body is telling you in that moment of fear. What physiological symptoms are you actually having?
There are ways that you can then decrease those physiological feelings. For example, if your heart is racing do some meditation, take some deep breaths, be mindful or connect with your body and environment.
These have all been shown to decrease our physiological symptoms of fear.
Fear is obviously an emotion and as we just talked about with the physiology of fear we know the goal of fear is to keep us safe.
The problem with that is it stops us from doing the things we want to do. Fear stops us from changing, from growing, from learning.
When we have these less real fears we stay in our comfortable, familiar places and we don’t branch out and can also stop us from doing the things that we want to do.
When you feel a fear that is stopping you from doing something that you want to do talk to it.
Fear is trying to keep you safe. Thank the fear for trying to keep you safe.
And then tell it to F*** off and that you’ve got this from here
Those fears are old, outdated and whatever.
Thanks for keeping me safe but I’ve got it!
To Wrap Up –
Fear has a physiological reaction, whether real or imagined and we can decrease those physiological reactions to help us push past that fear.
We also understand that fear stops us. It’s trying to keep us safe and that’s great but at the same time we’ve got places to go and things to do. We are going to take it from here
>Insert Witch Cackle here<
Be sure to tune in next week because I’m going to have all the information for you to sign up for the “Flipping Off Fear” pop-up group we are doing at the end of the month October 29th through November 4th. I would love to have you join us so we can Flip off Fear together because what’s better than a great group flip off.
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