It’s not as widely known as it should be, but anxiety is caused by a fight or flight response—so what can be done to alleviate it?
So many people suffer from the same recurring problem: while trying to fall asleep, your mind begins to race. Your heart starts to pound and your palms are sweating. You’re having an anxiety attack and you don’t know why.
When this happens frequently, it can be extremely disturbing. Despite advice from well meaning friends and prescriptions from highly educated doctors, there’s not much that helps to deal with it.
If this is the case, perhaps the best first step is to begin to understand the causes of anxiety. Surprisingly, just the simple knowledge of its causes can help many reduce how much they suffer from this problem.
The roots of anxiety are natural. Anyone familiar with the so-called “fight or flight response” knows that when a stressful situation arises, adrenaline begins to surge through the body.
This adrenaline enhances our sense of hearing. It makes us faster, stronger and quicker on our feet.
Adrenaline is a naturally produced “drug” that our bodies make to help us survive serious situations. As the heart beats harder, it allows the body’s extremities to get the essential blood flow they will need for increased speed and strength.
However, when people suffer from anxiety, they are essentially battling the fight or flight response. This is not an enjoyable experience. The body is constantly producing adrenaline that isn’t getting used.
Over time, the body actually “overdoses” on adrenaline. That’s why anxiety attacks occur. Anyone who has ever had one knows they are not pleasant at all.
Since our bodies adapt to situations in life, a person who experiences constant emergencies, real or perceived, will have more and more adrenaline dumped into his/her body. Panic attacks are one of the side effects.
The good news is that it is possible to fight the creation of too much adrenaline in the body, although it might take time and require a change of habits.
To begin, start eating a well balanced diet. Stay away from too much sugar or caffeine, which can cause a later energy crash that in turn triggers the “adrenaline” reaction.
By keeping the body’s blood sugar as balanced as possible, energy highs and lows can be avoided, and with them the surge of adrenaline.
Also, get regular exercise. When the body is constantly being filled with adrenaline, it needs to be able to burn it off. By getting the heart pumping almost every day, even though the body is still making too much adrenaline, it gets used up and it becomes easier to deal with it.
Remember, adrenaline is a natural substance and it is great when we need it. By understanding what’s happening in your body, you can ease your anxiety and start living a healthier, happier life.
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