When I was younger, I was super chill. It took a lot to ruffle my feathers. But in recent years, I’ve found myself getting stuck in the fight or flight response. You know the drill: you start thinking about something stressful or scary and your heart starts beating faster, your neck tightens, your breath quickens—but you face no imminent danger. Not only does it suck when you are in that space, but research has shown that repeatedly going there is bad for your health. Dr. Kim D’Eramo is something of a specialist in the fight-or-flight response. And in this episode, she breaks down the how and why—and offers some advice for controlling it.
The physician is the author of The Mind Body Tool Kit and the founder of The American Institute of Mind Body Medicine in Boulder, Colorado, where she assists individuals and practitioners to resolve illnesses and achieve optimal health. For more, go to drkimd.com