Racing heart, sweaty palms, a jittery urge to run or punch – it’s the fight-or-flight syndrome we’ve all experienced at one time or another. Any challenge can stimulate this response. It could be brought on by a bad situation: a bad driver or a slippery road, a bar fight or any threatening circumstance. It could result from a good situation too, like a job interview or being in charge of a meeting.
The type of situation will determine the appropriate response, and there are many ways to cope, including deep breathing, deciding to (mentally) walk away, choosing to push through the challenge, or reframing to make the situation seem more manageable. For a more extensive discussion of ways to manage stress, check out some of the many materials we have available for checkout, or the courses in Meditation and Stress Management we offer access to through Gale.