Scott DiBiase, Instructor
Understanding Fight or Flight
A stressful situation whether something environmental, a looming project deadline, or psychological, such as persistent threat to your life can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce well-orchestrated physiological changes. A stressful incident can make the heart pound and breathing quicken. Muscles tense and beads of sweat appear.
This combination of reactions to stress is also known as the "fight-or-flight" response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The carefully orchestrated yet near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stress that are not life-threatening, such as traffic jams, work pressure, and family difficulties.
Stressful situations come in so many different situations of your daily life. you just learn to deal with them. it is the deadly situations that life will throw at you when you need to know what to do and how to deal with it. always train so you can keep your mind and neural pathways in top physical conditions.
Some of the physical signs that may indicate that the fight-or-flight response has kicked in include:
Rapid Heart Beat and Breathing: The body increases heartbeat and respiration rate in order to provide the energy and oxygen to the body that will be needed to fuel a rapid response to the danger.
Pale or Flushed Skin: As the stress response starts to take hold, blood flow to the surface areas of the body is reduced and flow to the muscles, brain, legs, and arms are increased. You might become pale as a result, or your face may alternate between pale and flushed as blood rushes to your head and brain. The body's blood clotting ability also increases in order to prevent excess blood loss in the event of injury.
Dilated Pupils: The body also prepares itself to be more aware and observant of the surroundings during times of danger. Another common symptom of the fight-or-flight response is the dilation of the pupils, which allows more light into the eyes and results in better vision of the surroundings.
Trembling: In the face of stress or danger, your muscles become tense and primed for action. This tension can result in trembling or shaking.
Everyone is different when it comes to the signs of fight or flight. my signs are the rapid heartbeat and breathing. what helps me is breath in through mouth out through nose. sometimes it last for a few seconds, sometimes it's a few minutes. I'm sure everyone has experienced it once or twice in their life. just remember to always stay calm cool and collective in any situation. always have a way out no matter what.
Epinephrine is the chemical that is sent through the body that triggers your fight or flight response. The sympathetic nervous system sends out impulses to glands and smooth muscles and tells the adrenal medulla to release epinephrine (adrenaline) and nor epinephrine (noradrenalin) into the bloodstream. These "stress hormones" cause several changes in the body.