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Chapter 4. Health and Well-Being: Findin... > Stress: Don't Fight-or-Flight It Any...

Stress: Don't Fight-or-Flight It Anymore

There's an expression: If you had no stress you'd be dead. What? You may ask. It's true. Stress is a part of life, and we have a million small stresses a day, and a thousand tiny annoyances. They're part of life, and stress keeps us safe. Stress is our lightning-fast reaction to swerve and avoid the truck that drifted into our lane. It tells us the shower temperature is too hot and we need to lower it. Stress reminds us, through tension in our bodies, to put on our best performance when we have to give a presentation. Stress can elevate our “game” in work and life to “the next level.”

Stress, as most of us know, is triggered by our “fight or flight response” to the aggravations of daily life. When we were cave people, those who were attuned to running away from the saber-toothed tiger survived. Those that reacted too slowly to exhibit “flight” or were too weak to “fight” died and were unable to continue their genetic lineage. Over time, that fight or flight response became very fine-tuned indeed.


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