What happens when we’re anxious?
When we behave in an apprehensive manner, the body experiences a stress response.
The stress response secretes stress hormones, which are stimulants, into the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body’s ability to deal with a threat—to either fight with or flee from it—which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.
The stress response is an integral part of the body’s survival mechanism. The body experiences a stress response whenever we perceive danger so that the body is better equipped to deal with the danger: to either fight against it or flee from it.
Can occur in degrees of severity, and these degrees are directly proportional to the degree of danger we believe we are in. For example, if we believe we are in mild danger, the body produces a mild stress response, which causes mild changes within the body.
If we believe we are in grave danger, the body produces a dramatic stress response, which causes dramatic changes within the body.
While the stress response can feel powerful at times, it’s intended to help us, not hurt us, when we’re in real danger. So again, the stress response is our ally, not our enemy.
The stress response causes a number of changes in the body that can affect the body physically, psychologically, and emotionally. When we behave apprehensively, we create the physiological, psychological, and emotional state of anxiety.
- Numbness and tingling
- Chest pain
- Neck tension
- Stomach upset, nervous stomach
- Pulsing in the ear
- Burning skin
- Fear of impending doom
- Shortness of breath
- Electric shock feeling
- Shooting pains in the face
- Heart palpitations
- Weakness in legs
- Feeling like you are going crazy
- Inability to rest
- Sleep problems