That’s stress. And when the fear of that lion comes, your body instantaneously and automatically causes changes that will save your life! (hopefully!) Your pulse and blood pressure increase to move blood to where you need it to run: your legs. Blood is cut off to the digestive system and other organs unnecessary for saving your life.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
(Psalms 139:14 NIV)
However, most of us will never be threatened by a lion.
But being in that ‘fight or flight’ condition all of the time will kill us.
The common term is stress.
What can you do? (Husband is using these exercises to reduce his stress and reduce his blood pressure.)
- Walking is great. Walking in the park is greater. But a treadmill is fine. Work up to walking at least 30 minutes at 3mi/hr and at least 3 times a week.
- Breath deeply. That’s right. The easiest thing you can do anytime you feel stressed is to deep breath in a very controlled way. Breathe in through your nose, slowly and until you cannot inhale anymore. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth with lips pursed until you cannot breathe out anymore.It actually begins to stop the flight or fight process in your body. Breath like this for several minutes if you can. It truly helps!
- Plan your life to reduce the stress. Stressed over bills? Make a budget, cut spending and stick to it. Put yourself in control. Stressed at work? Figure out why and make any changes you can to reduce it.
- Get away from others and pray, or deep breath when you can’t. Find a less stressful job?
There are a lot of self-help books, internet sites on reducing the stress you accept. And since there is no lion that’s going to eat you, you should not need to do the fight or flight thing. Especially, not all of the time.
Do something about it.