Through this global pandemic that is one year old, through these unprecedented times not experienced since WW2 , we live in a collective fear and the uncertainty that it brings into our everyday life. It is Affecting our relationships, families and businesses/livelihood and mental, emotional and physical health. How can you build resilience and growth through fears?
What is fear?
Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat, which causes physiological changes and ultimately behavioral changes, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. Fear in human beings may occur in response to a certain stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat perceived as a risk to oneself.
The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to confrontation with or escape from/avoiding the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response), which in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) can be a freeze response or paralysis. In humans and other animals, fear is modulated by the process of cognition and learning. Thus fear is judged as rational or appropriate and irrational or inappropriate.
The effects of fear:
- Alerts amygdala which activates your nervous system.
- Releases cortisol & adrenaline
- Creates anxiety, worry, stress, pain
- Blood pressure & rate Increases
- Breath changes – hold, shallow
- Blood Flow changes moving to limbs for fight, or flight response
- Brain becomes foggy – cerebral cortex becomes impaired.
- Can become a source of pleasure – dangerous behaviours.
- Physical symptoms examples: Migraines, chest pain, heart palpitations, sweaty palms, back pain, knee pain, ankle, foot, hip, lower abdomen.
- Kidneys, Bladder sexual organs.
- Reduced Immunity
- Chronic Fatigue & Insomnia
What state are you currently in?
Depending on what state you have been forced to and (now) you are used to operate from, will dictate your perception, reality and well – being. If you are affected, suffering and desire a change? Then to make that change and to bring resilience and growth, requires you to Reset your bodymind and to begin /or “exercise” tools, methods against fear state you operating from. It is as if your want to make your muscles stronger, you have to go to the gym, or start exercising your muscles that have atrophied from weakness. You will of course to experience results must do regularly and consistently. In the same way we must exercise our nervous system against our stressors and triggers to build resilience and growth.
“Triggers” are like storms in nature a natural phenomena and inevitable. In that same way our fears and the reactions they created have been conditioned in us for so long they’ve become habitual and we have learned how to “adapt” because of them. Now what hurts us is how we have adopted and who we have become as a result. Or the state of our health and relationships as a result of that adaptation. To grow and evolve we must move through our fears and that requires us to exercise with them. Sitting with them as an interested viewer and through experiencing them and experiencing how we use different tools, methods to build resilience to them will create growth and a shift in our well-being and development.
That’s why I always say it’s not what happens to us that hurts us and keeps us stagnate, or in a state we don’t desire, it’s the lack of tools and the volume that we deal with internally and externally that can feel like a scary and overwhelming. Fears With Evidence – are fears that were created from past hurts, experiences of loss and even terror. They keep on being recreated consciously and, or, subconsciously affirming our position and state, affirming our narrative and conditioning. Use this Acronym to remind yourself:
Well some of you are saying right now the Pandemic is very real Mihael, we can’t be ignorant, we must be vigilant and careful everyday. Well of course we must be careful, but we can also choose to see the totality of our reality, not just the fear part. There is beauty, safety, creativity, compassion, goodness, opportunity, growth and connection at the same time, no?
With NeuroPath Reset , we emphasise tools and experiences that foster resilience and growth that is required to come to a state within that we can more than cope, manage and survive; we can start to pivot, breakthrough and bring forth more ease, calm and inner strength. Where we can start to embody trust to such a level that our trust in ourselves is never taken away and that gives us a sense of autonomy that brings freedom, joy and easy mixed with power. Would you want that for yourself? Would you want that for your loved ones? It is possible you just need to make that a priority.
I am here to be guide and a teacher to you, whilst also a student from you. Here is audio recording of Intro class I did with some tools for you to use right away to help you.
Mihael Mamychshvili, NPR, RST
Creator NeuroPath Reset Method
Registered Shiatsu Therapist