An article by Dr. Ilana Seidel published in Natural Awakenings magazine.
“Picture this scenario. A quickly beating heart, sweaty palms, shallow breath and focusing on one thing—staying alive. Driving downhill in Pittsburgh on black ice petrified him. His mentor, however, entered the office with a smile and calmly shook the snow off her boots. Notice that the stressor was the same. One chose a sympathetic nervous system mediated response, while the other chose a more coherent response.
When one chronically chooses to respond with depleting emotions, such as anxiety or fear, these emotions create a sympathetic nervous system cascade and a stress hormone cascade. The sympathetic pathway regulates the ‘fight or flight’ response, which was historically used to intermittently run away from tigers and bears. ….”
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