Fear and the Human Health

It is normal for one to be afraid, but not normal for an individual to live everyday having the feeling of fear, especially at hours when there is nothing to really be afraid of, yet one still feels or creates a mental image of fear in some way and suddenly become griped by such feelings.

This can be very harmful to one’s health. Just like depression fear is a reaction in the brain that actually starts with the activation of stimulus and eventually ends with the release of chemicals in the body that causes quick breathing, a racing heart and contraction of muscles.

Anything can cause fear, whether animals, objects, movies, when lights go off or when an environment becomes too dark. Whatever state the mind is put into it will always respond to such even if it is imagined or not.

Fear is an emotion that can be triggered by arising or perceived threat. It could be a survival mechanism, that helps to signal the body to actually respond to threat and danger.

1. What constant feeling of fear can do

The feeling of fear comes when one is reacting to danger or threat. Example, once an individual senses danger the body releases hormones, that help the body either to attack or to flee from such potential threat. The impact of living under constant threat can seriously affect the body condition negatively.

• Constant feeling of fear can affect the memory
• Fear can weaken a person’s immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage
• Constant fear decreases fertility and can lead to accelerated aging
• It slows the capacity of the brain to allow an individual regulate emotions. And affects one’s thinking process too
• It could lead to a mental health disorder, like fatigue and depression
• It can lead to early death

2. How to effectively manage fear and develop our health

 Learn to stay positive: Avoid being controlled by things or events, put up goals to manage your time and practice self control exercises like yoga and meditation
 Socialize: Associate with people with positive minds they will stir you up
 Stay focus on your goals try to avoid distractions
 Take long walks frequently
 Get support and manage criticism

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