Run Forest, Run
Stress Management Life Coach
Recently, I had the opportunity to get a “fish pedi". In great anticipation I just dunked both feet in and then wanted to flee so badly. Fleeing is my typical response. It’s sort of a “Run Forest, Run” experience. Anxiety kicks in and I have a strong need to get out of there. (Wherever “there” may be) when my stress response is in overload.
Here's the thing. The feeling of the need was just a want. It was a very uncomfortable feeling at first and then I settled in to enjoy the experience. The people stopping by in awe, my friend overcoming her fears, the fish feeling abundantly happy, and the delightful lady who enjoys her job and her fish. The result was that my circulation was getting a jolt, my feet felt so soft, and I survived the experience.
It was new experience, I had fun, and laughed a lot. Just being more playful than fearful was enlightenment to myself. It was nice to recognize that I overcame the feeling of wanting to run, knowing the fish wouldn’t or couldn’t chase me.
So, do you know your typical response? Are you a typical “fighter, fleer, or freezer”? Do you even know what’s your typical response?
Being more aware of your response can strengthen your internal “Guidance” and start guiding you to very different decisions which can give you a fresh start on your journey. Each and every moment can be a “fresh start”. So how do you know which one of these responses are your go-to when you perceive stressful situations, events, or environments?
A good rule of thumb is that the way you respond to this is the way that you respond to mostly anything that your mind and body perceive as stressful situations. So here are 3 quick ways to identify your response.