Research has shown how the body reacts to stress by activating the adrenal glands, which secrete catecholamine hormones into the bloodstream and trigger the aggressive fight-or-flight response
When the once frequently needed fight-or-flight response
inappropriately triggers to deal with modern stress, it can turn against the body over the long haul.
So the sound of the bell and the sudden opening of the starting gate trigger the animals' natural fight-or-flight response
A fast pulse, vessel constriction, and high blood pressure are valuable tools in a person's fight-or-flight response
Likewise, positive self-talk can stop the fight-or-flight response
giving you indigestion.
As one of the most ancient parts of the brain and source of the fight-or-flight response
, the amygdala has an important role in each of us - it's a critical part of our survival.