Triggered Easily? You Can Calm Your Fight, Flight or Freeze Response

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What Happens During the Flight, Fight or Freeze Response?

When we become threatened, we experience a surge of chemicals designed to allow us to survive through whatever the event is. The physiological effects are increased adrenaline, acceleration of heart and lung action, shaking, dilation of pupils and more. Cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” is an integral part of our body’s “fight, flight or freeze” response. The fight, flight or freeze response is essentially a state of acute stress. While stress is usually seen as a negative, it is beneficial if we need the surge of chemicals to help us fight, flight or freeze to avoid danger. However, it is only useful in short bursts. Many of us get caught in this perpetual state, never releasing it from our system and returning to normal, or homeostasis.

In fact, living in this kind of biological survival state can make us more vulnerable to common physical ailments that are related to or triggered by stress: cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

How Can We Fix This?

Animals in the wilderness shake, tremble, run, or do other physical activities to discharge the effect of these stress chemicals on their body. The natural human tendency is to do this too. But, we are often told (by ourselves or others) to “calm down,” “get it together,” “stop being so sensitive,” and “be a big boy/girl and suck it up.”

When we purge the survival chemicals after a trauma, it shows our primitive brain that we survived and we are safe. This sends a signal to the cognitive brain to process the information and throw out the irrelevant associations related to it. Facing and surviving a trauma, if discharged in a healthy way, can actually help us feel more empowered and able to handle things in the future. It can create a sense of security even.

If we don’t discharge the trauma though, the primitive brain freezes the event in our systems. Anything in the future that reminds of us this original event, can trigger further responses.

Promising Research on Energy Psychology (Including EFT)

 According to Nick Ortner at The Tapping Solution, New research is showing many Energy Psychology techniques are effective in helping to reduce cortisol levels. In fact, in a study of 83 participants this technique demonstrated a 24 percent decrease in cortisol levels, while the two other groups, one that received no treatment and one that received talk therapy, showed no real change.
 
By going back and using EFT or other energy therapy techniques on past traumas, we can actually unfreeze them and release them from our body.

While I do not advise releasing a trauma on your own, you can definitely use one of my favorite energy therapy techniques to calm yourself down when you do get triggered from it: How To Tap Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

Watch this video to learn how to rewire the brain with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)!
 

For more ways to calm your fight, flight, or freeze response, you can use my Cheat Sheet For Instant Emotional Calm. It will be automatically emailed to you when you sign up to be part of my email community. Just use the blue sign up box at the top of this site.

2 Responses to “Triggered Easily? You Can Calm Your Fight, Flight or Freeze Response”

  1. Melissa Ross says:

    I love reading your articles! I have hashimoto’s, and can really relate to things you say about negative emotions with chronic illnesses. Thank you for your website!

    • energyhealing says:

      Thank you so much for the comment Melissa! I am thrilled my articles help you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help your journey be a little bit easier :)

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amyphoto I was once where you are so I totally get ya’. After suffering from a myriad of challenges from general anxiety about life to Lyme disease, endometriosis and every autoimmune disease under the sun, I ended up on a search for something deeper than a “fix”. I went to many alternative practitioners – but I couldn’t relate to a single on of them. As a very grounded-in-reality person, many were just too ‘woo woo’ for me and I couldn’t integrate their guidance into my very real-life, life. Then I found myself on an adventurous path of emotional healing — using energy therapy. Talk about ‘woo woo’ right? But with it, I learned. I unfolded. I let go.

My ultimate healing, the kind that goes deep down to your core and makes you whole again, came from following this road. And yours just might too.

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Disclaimer: As a Minister of Holistic Healing and energy therapy practitioner trained in energy psychology and energy medicine, I work with clients to balance the energies of their body in relationship to traumatic events, limiting beliefs and negative emotions that may be interfering with optimal well-being. I am not a licensed health care professional and my services do not replace the care from health care professionals. Therefore, my services do not in any way relate to medical and/or psychological clinical treatment. I do not diagnose or treat any diseases or disorders.