I’ve been facilitating stress management classes since 1989. Originally I targeted real estate agents and looking at current events methinks that I should find a way to re-connect with those struggling souls!
Here’s a tidbit of information I included in my recent yoga classes on stress-management.
When they did all those studies determing what is known as the fight or flight reaction to (perceived?) threats (stress) they used men. After observation those were the words that were chosen to represent surges of adrenalin and cortisol into the human body. Fight. Flight. Sounds simple enough , and it’s quite true. Remember of course that we’re still operating on very old software when it comes to how a human responds to (perceived?) threats & stress.
The tidbit is about how a woman’s body responds to those same adrenal gland secretions. Recently they duplicated the same circumstances as that for the men and discovered that neither fight or flight were the most common responses for the females. At All. What had been observed by the experimenters was that female bodies tended more to Freeze during stressful conditions. Think ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of reaction. Whaddyathink?
When I took a little survey among my students, men & women, I discovered that The Freeze feels much more resonate with them than fighting or fleeing….not always, but most of the time. Nearly all seemed to breathe a sigh of relief by just hearing that alternative F-word. (freeze)
Here’s some information on my studio.