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We’ve all been there before, in that one moment. This moment that originates in the deep dark ocean that can be our mind, one that causes an unsettling feeling almost instantly.  A feeling that doesn’t creep up slowly but instead rushes in with a sort of unstoppable all-encompassing force. Encircling, wrapping its tentacles around you and taking over your thoughts, willpower, and more. What is this moment? What is this feeling? It is fear. It is the unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. That’s all it is, a belief. Everyone has different types of fear, of course, fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of public speaking, but people have other types of fears as well. These fears could be daily fears that manifest themselves in anxieties, expressions of irritability, a feeling of powerlessness. Ultimately this feeling, this moment, is also a trigger response, one that activates the fight-or-flight response.  Our system is designed to deal with these acute stressors for only a short period of time and does so by responding with physical work hence the name fight-or-flight. The stress that we deal with today is constantly triggering this response, just in a different way and in turn most of us aren’t responding in a physical way as we have been naturally designed to do so.   According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), these modern stressors accumulate and deny the body that needed time to repair, recover and replenish. This leads to elevated cortisol (that’s your main stress hormone) levels which in turn cause elevated fats to be in circulation. This could start a negative cascade of physiological responses within you that elevate the level of stress hormones, adding to the cycle and making you more prone to these “fears”.

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