When we are confronted with anxious or worrisome events our bodies react differently than when faced with a normal situation. This causes the fight or flight response to naturally respond. Some people automatically go into fight mode. A majority of us respond with flight and the mental repercussion is transformed into anxiety and stress.
We need to change our mindset from flight to fight and direct it towards positive action. Listed below are some ways the body reacts to anxiety. We can take these flight responses and turn them into positive fight actions. This response will help individuals to shift stress and anxiety into beneficial results.
When we get nervous or anxious our body tends to start sweating. This is one way the body is preparing to fight or flee. Sweating is the process that our body uses to cool itself down. Most people would be thinking oh no I am starting to sweat and showing fear.
• Why not retrain your way of thinking about this body reaction as a positive sign. A sign that my body is warming up for whatever my life throws at me. And that it is sweating to keep me cool and in control of any situation. Turn the old saying of sweating under pressure to sweating to manage the pressure.
Increased Heart Rate
Another way our bodies react to a perceived threat is to release the hormone epinephrine. The brain perceives a threat and releases epinephrine into the bloodstream which increases the heart rate. The increase in heart rate also increases circulation.
This increase in circulation sends more blood to parts of the body that need it. The body parts are primed, so they are ready to act when threatened.
• Instead of perceiving something negative is about to occur why not put a positive spin on it. You can mentally tell yourself that you can feel comfortable knowing that your body’s defense against stress is functioning well and is capable of producing a burst of strength and energy when you need it for life’s difficult tasks.
Shortness of Breath
When your body perceives danger or anxiety the nerves around the rib cage and torso respond by tightening up. This tight feeling in your chest causes you to feel short of breath.
• Instead of feeling panicked from the shortness of breath turn it into a positive affirmation. Think of it as your body’s way of getting the extra oxygen it needs to function. This increase in oxygen is going to strengthen your muscles and brain to allow you to think more clearly and react more swiftly. This increased mental focus and strength can help you deal with any problems.
One final bodily action when stressed is dry mouth. When you are stressed, or anxious fluid is rerouted from nonessential areas of the body such as the mouth. This fluid reversion leads to dryness and difficulty speaking. Reassure yourself that the essential body parts will get the proper amount of fluid so that they function effectively under stress.
This shift in the fluid also primes the body to take action in high-stress environments. If all else fails grab a glass of water. Your body may be internally trying to flee but you can train your brain to fight for a positive outcome.
Anxiety is s signal that we are faced with challenges. Instead of listening to the voice inside that says: “oh no, panic” let’s quiet that voice and instead change the dialogue to empowerment and planning how we will face those challenges.
By refocusing our thoughts and mind from thinking negative thoughts about fearful situations, we can change these thoughts into positive actions. It is all about how you mentally perceive the stress and turn it into your advantage. This mental advantage you give yourself will help you conquer any stress, anxiety, or stressful situation life can bring.