When running into a stressful situation, you’ll be compelled into making choices. Paramount to those choices will be the one between fight or flight. Or said otherwise, stay and fight or basically flee or run away.
Some situations are easier than others to deal with.
For instance, if you’re chased by a lion, you won’t fight, you’ll likely flee. And not just that but you’ll probably allocate 100% of your available energy to flee this very real threat to your life.
When running away from the lion, your body will release cortisol (the stress hormone), adrenaline and noradrenaline into your system. That’s not going to exhaust your body if this happens occasionally but it is if such stressful situations happen a lot more often.
Instead of a lion, if it’s your spouse, your boss or your monthly rent which is due, that’s going to trigger the exact same chemical responses, over and over again. That is what will exhaust your body’s resources and leave you prone to disease.
Your gut, your elimination system, your immune system, your higher brain centers are all being drained so that energy can be put into your muscles so you can flee for your life.
But that’s the problem, you’re can’t continuously flee from your spouse the way you flee from a lion.
As such, you’re caught in a stressful situation that is gradually harming you.
How so? Well…
- your memory is suddenly not that good
- you can’t digest your food
- you can’t eliminate toxins properly
- your immune system is compromised
So you absolutely need to fix your stressful situation and get out of the fight or flight pattern to return to a more peaceful setting, which is more conductive of health.
If you’re chronically stressed, meaning you’re being pushed to fight or flight all the time, you have yourself a very real problem on your hands. And you need to find a way to fix it, fast.
Keep in mind that stress hormones inhibit the immune system.
In today’s stressful world, it’s a huge problem that we all experience at different levels.
We need to be creative into creating our lives in such a way that fight or flight isn’t our daily bread, so to speak. If you need inspiration, ask your trusted family members or friends for advice.
One thing is for sure, the fight or flight might sometimes help but you can’t be pushing that big shinny button all the time because it’ll exhaust you and most likely push you towards disease.