THE FIGHT OR FLIGHT RESPONSE

In modern society, the “fight or flight” response is triggered unnaturally and frequently. In fact, many people in developed countries are almost in a perpetual state of fight or flight. The human brain and body were designed to respond to external stimuli and prepare us to deal with stressful events like encountering a tiger or bear in the wild. In response to such an event, multiple systems are activated to create a hyper-alert state. The autonomic nervous system triggers the release of adrenaline, cortisol, and other hormones into the bloodstream. The adrenal glands cause the release of glucose from energy stores within the body. Heart rate and breathing increase in order to flood the extremities with oxygen-rich blood. The body becomes tense and hypervigilant. The senses are heightened, our awareness intensifies, and our impulses quicken. All of this prepares the body to take action in order to protect ourselves from a perceived threat. In short, we are placed into survival mode.

 

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The fight or flight response is natural and critical to our survival in the event of a charging lion or a falling boulder. Unfortunately, our nervous system doesn’t distinguish between real and perceived threats. In the modern world, there a million man-made and imagined stimuli that trigger the same response. Flashing lights, alarms, car horns, explosions on television, and even worry over past-due bills can all cause the same physiological response as a real threat from a wild predator. Smartphones are particularly problematic because of the almost non-stop alerts from calls, texts, emails, and social media apps. Research shows that every notification can cause a slight surge in cortisol, putting avid smartphone users in an almost perpetual state of high alert.

The body is naturally designed to expel excess hormones and energy when we go into this state of fight or flight through the physical exertion used to fight or flee. However, in everyday life, this typically doesn’t occur. Instead, we usually just end up doing nothing in response to the heightened state created by these false stimuli. As a result, the excess hormones and energy just build up. While necessary in a life-threatening situation, fight or flight mode is extremely taxing on the mind and body, particularly when it occurs too frequently. The excess hormones and energy linger and cause undue stress. Essentially, this survival mechanism has become counterproductive for humans in most modern circumstances.

The cumulative effects of excessive stress hormones can cause numerous problems. Countless studies have linked stress to a variety of short-term and long-term symptoms and conditions. Fatigue, weight gain, sleep problems, hair loss, acne, and wrinkles can all be caused by frequent and prolonged stress. Over longer periods of time, stress has been proven to result in increased risk for heart conditions, stroke, memory loss, and cancer. Stress has also been shown to contribute to chronic mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

ThetaCalm counteracts the effects of stress and restores the natural balance of the mind and body.

Dealing with the constant stressors of technology and life in the modern world is becoming increasingly difficult.  Even when we are trying to relax at home in the evening, many of us are still surrounded by various noises and lights. Many people even carry their smartphones with them at the beach, in the woods, and at the gym. With this constant over-stimulation, it can become nearly impossible to get into a deep state of relaxation.

Many of us deal with the stressors of everyday life in unhealthy ways. Some people resort to alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and narcotics to try to counteract the effects of stress, only to cause more strain on the mind and body. Others indulge in sweets or seek out unhealthy instant gratification through sex, shopping, or gambling.