Fight-or-Flight Reaction : Mind-Body-Spirit

Fight-or-Flight Reaction

  • The “Fight-or-Flight” reaction leads to the alarm reaction responses resulting from increased sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity
    • Heart
      • Increased heart rate
      • Increased stroke volume
        • Increased cardiac output leads to increased systolic BP and Redistribution of blood to vital organs
    • Blood vessels
      • Peripheral vasoconstriction
        • Increased systolic BP
        • Redistribution of blood to vital organs
    • Lungs 
      • Increased respiration rate
      • Shallow breathing
    • Adrenal medulla
      • Increased epinephrine
      • Increased norepinephrine
        • Prolonged SNS response
    • Liver
      • Glycogenolysis
        • Increased blood glucose
    • Gastrointestinal system
      • Decreased secretions
      • Decreased peristalsis
        • Decreased digestion

 

Mind-Body-Spirit

  • All three parts are important in your life and in determining who you are. What goes on in your mind influences every part of the body. Your body and your mind are affected by how connected you feel to your spirit (soul). Spirit is the life force within you that gives life, energy, and power. You are a spiritual being with a mind that affects every aspect of your body.
    • When your mind is healthy, your body can resist illness better. 
    • When your body is healthy, your feelings are more positive.
    • When your spirit is renewed and energized, your mind is alert and your body feels good. The well-being of your spirit is linked to your mental, emotional, and physical health.
  • The connections among the mind, body, and spirit can lead to a person being healthy or the effects of  stress on mind, body, and spirit connections can lead to illness