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What is a fight of flight anxiety response
Anxiety is a response to potentially challenging or threatening experience and is not subject to conscious control. 
A bodily reaction is triggered and it’s happening automatically and on an subconscious level. 

Now this physical and biological change is normal – it is a protective mechanism that helped our ancestors survive and is often referred to as the fight or flight response.  The response prepares the body for immediate action - to stand and fight or to run away - in order to protect itself from perceived harm.

When a person has a fight or flight reaction, the level of stress hormones in their blood rises.  They become more alert and attentive, their eyes dilate, their heartbeat and blood pressure increases, their breathing rate increases, muscle tone increases and levels or adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol increase – all the these responses help prepare the body for physical action.

Modern stressors – and our responses to them – do not compare to those faced by our ancestors.  We are rarely faced with physical threat – the majority of our anxiety occurs at a psychological level.  As our mind perceives psychological stress as being a threat to the body, the fight or flight response is automatically activated.  As we do not need the preparedness of the body for immediate action this can, in the long run, result in damage to our physical and mental health, or both.

The most common comment from people who have high anxiety or panic attacks is “It’s totally irrational”, which is quite right.  It’s not the rational part of the brain that deals with fight or flight, or panic attacks.  This is why people often find it hard to make decisions during a panic attack.

Effectively, the fight or flight response acts as a guard whose job it is to protect you from harm.  It needs to be there - but it also needs to learn to distinguish between threatening and non-threatening situations, between friend and foe.
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E​ve Kelsey | Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist |  Hypnosis Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Reduction, Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, Stop Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias, IVF, Public Speaking, Confidence |  Surrey Hypnosis Clinic | 01737 842 683 | Tadworth | Surrey | Bordering Sussex and Kent | Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis | Member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare​ Council | The Surrey Hypnosis Clinic is based on the boundaries of Surrey,  Sussex and Kent | Based in Tadworth, Surrey, the clinic is easily accessible from the GU, KT, SM postcodes and areas including:   Ashtead Banstead Bookham Burgh Heath Caterham Claygate Cobham Coulsdon Crawley Dorking Epsom Ewell Fetcham Guildford Kingston Leatherhead Merstham Redhill Reigate Sutton | All rights reserved​​​