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Fight Or Flight Mechanism - The Mechanics of Stress

Stress is a part of our everyday life and has been so since the beginning of human kind. Our early ancestors faced very real ‘life and death’’ situations where as we face very different stressful events today. There was a real possibility that our ancestors could be killed by many of the wild animals that roamed the planet at that time and if they were faced with such a ‘life or death’ situation, they had two choices. To ‘fight’ or ‘flee’ – hence the term ‘fight or flight response’.

So what we know as stress, is actually our bodies way of preparing us to deal with a ‘life threatening ’situation by producing the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism.  This ‘fight or flight’ mechanism enables us to mobilize a lot of energy to either stand our ground and fight or turn around and run like hell!

How does the fight and flight mechanism work? How does the body create that extra energy? When a threat is perceived a series of automatic events occur.

Whislt this process is excellent for helping us to ‘fight’ or run as far away as possible, it unfortunately has negative consequences. In this state, we are excitable, anxious, jumpy and irritable. This reduces our ability to work effectively with other people and our judgement.

With trembling and a pounding heart, we can find it difficult to execute precise, controlled skills. And the intensity of our focus on survival interferes with our ability to make fine judgments based on drawing information from many sources. We find ourselves more accident-prone and less able to make good decisions.

Even though the ‘fight or flight’ response is automatic is it not always accurate! Sometimes the part of the brain which is responsible for this automatic reaction, the amygdala, cannot distinguish between a real threat (the possibility of being mugged) and a perceived threat (the kids winding us up at bed-time).

Most of our stress today is related to our interactions with other people and examples of modern day stressors are:

Unfortunately we are unable to run away from these issues so must instead deal with them. However it is also how we perceive these problems as well as how we deal with them that makes all the difference between coping and not being able to cope.

There are many stress management techniques that we can employ that can help us better manage the stressors in our lives. If we cannot change the stressor or walk away from it – then we need to be able to cope with the situation or person that is causing us stress.

Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of stress include:


These are just some of the symptoms of stress and anxiety - however always ensure that symptoms are checked out by your doctor. Long term effects of stress can lead to heart attack, physical/mental breakdown; cancer; depression; stroke and even death.

When Does Stress Become A Problem?

We all suffer at some point in our lives from the effects of stress - it’s a part of human nature, however if you are feeling totally overwhelmed by stress then it is time to do something about it before the stress affects your health, self esteem and performance.

If you are noticing that you are feeling more tired or irritable than you used to or you seem to be suffering from several of the symptoms of stress, then perhaps it’s time to take matters into your own hands and get some help. Contact me today - either give me a call or drop me a line. I can help you to let go of your stress and become someone who once again feels in control of their lives.

How Does Hypnotherapy Help With Stress?

Most events in our lives are not dangerous or life threatening; however we still get stressed when we think about them. Research has shown that it is how we perceive these events and our thoughts about them that determines how we react. If our mind perceives an event as stressful then our body will respond and these physical symptoms can leave us feeling out of control.

So as stress originates in your mind with your thoughts and perceptions, that means that hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways to deal with stress as it allows us to change how we feel about certain things in our lives. It also help us to relax too which is one of the best ‘side effects’ of hypnosis - that feeling of inner calm and control. Wonderful!

How Can I Help You to Overcome Your Stress?.  

I use an effective method of treatment which works in three ways. I will work to uncover and resolve the cause of the stress whilst enhancing your confidence and motivation. Furthermore, the therapeutic benefits of hypnosis will calm and relax you leaving you feeling more confident and in control of your life and emotions.


What is Stress?

Do you constantly feel tired and irritable? Do you find it hard to concentrate?  Does even the smallest task leave you feeling overwhelmed?

Then you may be suffering from stress. Stress is something that we all either are suffering from or have done so at some point in the past and we all vary in our susceptibility to stress. Our stressors (those things that make us stressed) vary from individual to individual so something that could cause you immense stress such as doing a parachute jump, maybe someone else’s idea of heaven!

Stress is when you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with certain situations. You can feel stress about a situation that is happening now, or a situation that has happened in the past (especially trauma) or a situation that is yet to happen at some time in the future (think about how you felt before sitting an exam or giving a presentation).

We all have an optimum level to stress. Some stress is necessary in our lives to ensure survival or to make sure we reach our true potential perhaps at work on in the field of sports. A certain amount of stress creates competition and motivation (known as eu-stress) however too much can cause quite the opposite and can lead to de-motivation, depression and illness (di-stress).