we mentioned last week, stress is generally caused by
two factors: physical exertion and fear. There are other
causes of stress, such as medical illness, adverse reaction
to medication, and environment, but these aren’t
as common for most people.
stress caused from physical exertion is obvious, but
stress caused from fear may not be that recognizable.
definition of fear is:
1. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence
of imminent danger.
2. A reason for dread or apprehension.
is the perception of danger. Danger is any
perceived threat that has the potential to cause you
psychological, physiological, emotional, or spiritual
(the perception of danger) can be experienced in a variety
of degrees. For example, little to mild fear can
be experienced as nervousness, concern, or apprehension.
Mild to moderate fear can be experienced as agitation,
anxiety, and worry. And moderate to extreme fear
can be experienced as being frightened, scared, terrified,
ALWAYS produces an associated stress (emergency) response. The
degree of stress response is directly proportional
to the degree of fear. The greater the fear,
the more dramatic the stress response.
stress response will fire EVERY time we perceive we are
in danger (experience fear). Each fear message produces
an associated stress response. Even though we may not
feel the effects of a stress response reaction, one still
occurs. As one of our clients observed, “There
aren’t any freebies.” Meaning: the body ALWAYS
produces an associated stress response to each fear,
and one that is directly proportional to the level of
fear. We don’t escape this reaction.
many people don’t see the connection between fear
and stress. That’s because they assume that fear
only relates to times of moderate to extreme fear as
in feeling frightened, terrified, scared, or afraid.
They overlook or discount that fear also encompasses
the low to moderate range as well, such as worry, concern,
agitation, and anxiety. Nonetheless, fear at
any level produces stress responses, therefore stresses
whenever you are nervous, concerned, worried, or fretful,
you are stressing your body. The degree of stress is
directly proportional to the degree of fear.
more information about the body’s stress (emergency)
response and the biological and psychological changes
it produces, members can visit Chapter Three in the members
time, we are going to talk about how this understanding
impacts the results of a cognitive-based stress test.
a great week.
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descriptions, why they occur, and tips on how to get rid