The Problem with FearAt East Texas Krav Maga we teach students to defend themselves. We often find what brought those students to our door is fear. They know deep down inside we live in a violent society where bad people do bad things. As we work with them toward their goals, we often uncover other fears that have to do with their relationships, their jobs, their past. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are better able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” That’s what we do in class and that’s the goal of this series. We want to look fear in the face, to rip off the mask and to find how to keep it from crippling us no matter when it rears its ugly head. Let’s clarify what, exactly we mean when we say fear. Fear vs. Anxiety When we say fear, we’re talking about is the body’s reaction when you’re actually in danger. Here’s the difference between anxiety and fear:
- Anxiety – This feeling creates unpleasant sensations of nervousness, apprehension or foreboding. It’s like worry. You don’t know if the bad thing is going to happen, but you are uneasy because it might.
- Fear – You experience the body’s fight or flight response to a perceived imminent threat. You’re actually in danger.
- Pupils dilate as your body prepares itself to be watchful for an escape. You may experience tunnel vision.
- Your heart rate and breathing accelerate.
- Your body feels shaky and you may tremble. Blood flow to muscles may make you feel tense.
- Your skin becomes flushed or pale.
- You begin to sweat so perspiration can cool you during exertion.
- Salivation and digestion shuts down. Your mouth feels dry and your stomach feels like a stone.
- You may lose control of your bladder or bowels.
|Heart Rate – beats per min.||Body Condition||What You Feel|
|60-85||White||Most people’s normal heart rate at rest.|
|90-110||Yellow||Fine motor skills Reduce|
|115-145||Red||Complex motor skills Reduce|
|145-175||Gray||Tunnel Vision Auditory Exclusion Loss of Cognitive Function|
|175 or higher||Black||Fight and Flight Freezing Irrational Thoughts Submissive Behaviour Loss of bowel/bladder function|
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2918 E. Grande Blvd.
Tyler Texas 75707