Fear by definition is “to be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or harmful.” When we feel the feeling of fear, it is because our brain has sensed danger or a threat and it sends signals to your sympathetic nervous systems to release adrenaline. This is done to heighten your senses in order to better protect yourself from the danger. Other hormones released in the body cause your heart rate to increase, which increases blood and oxygen flow to your muscles. This switches your muscles on allowing them to work faster and more efficiently. Your body will also begin to shut down the digestive system as well as other non-essential systems in order to preserve energy that needs to be used elsewhere.
These are the reactions that happen in your body when you feel fear, but some of you may be wondering how you can use or harness these effects? What can you do with the feeling of fear? If you are looking for the answer to either of these questions or any similar ones, you should listen to our latest podcast with Kristen Ulmer where we dive into the topic of fear and discuss why conquering fear won’t work and what to do. Be sure to let us know what you think!