Fear is a reaction caused by perceived threat creating changes in metabolic and organ function. Ultimately, it changes how we behave. Fear has ensured the survival of our species through the fight, flight or freeze response to danger. Often because of experienced trauma our thought processes are hijacked and we perceive events that are not likely to happen that cause us distress.
When our thoughts override reason in
this way our bodies are constantly sustaining themselves in flight or fight mode
and we are left heightened and feeling anxious. Over time this becomes our
normality and the cycle is very difficult to break. Finding ourselves in this
situation might mean that our lives are hugely affected – we might stop
socialising, our work may become affected and we may feel isolated. Fear has a
massive impact on how capable we feel, on our well-being and can cause a dip in
our immune system.
Overcoming fear is, then paramount in us being healthy. Our fears could be anything from "I'm not good enough for the job" to "if I go out something dreadful will happen". Over the next few blogs I will be sharing some stories with you. In the meantime if you have any questions you can contact me via e-mail here.