We love to be thrilled, mystified, and even scared on occasion. It is a natural process where we reassure ourselves we are “okay”. We are alive. Something bad did not happen to us. For one brief moment humdrum existence was made exciting.
What happens when people are nervous, fearful, or anxious? Physical response symptoms of these conditions include:
Faster pulse rate as cardiovascular system picks up the pace
Increased flow of oxygen from into the brain to increase cognitive powers; senses and thinking are improved
Shallow breathing/ rapid breaths as body pulls oxygen into areas it might need to survive
Dry mouth (for same reasons as above )
Muscles tense in preparation of a fight or flight scenario
Voice may change as a result of the physical changes occurring (dry mouth, lack of oxygen)
Shaky knees (or teeth grind ) as the blood rush and muscles move into gear to escape by conserving energy
Pale skin or heightened color as a result of the re-direction of blood and oxygen in the body
Pupils dilate in order to see better
WHAT IS YOUR FEAR FACTOR?
Some of the most fear creating activities include:
Speaking before a group (remember those sweaty palms and dry mouth?)
Heights, depths ; Insects and bugs ; Financial problems ; Change ; Sickness and death ; Flying ; Loneliness