I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.
Fear is said to be the most powerful emotion known to humankind. More powerful even than love. Our very survival depends on it. Fear is triggered in the most primitive part of our brain. The part responsible for alerting and protecting us from danger. Keeping us safe. Keeping us alive. Fear in the form of the fight or flight response to stress originated with our earliest ancestors when confronted with life threatening danger.
When the cave man stumbled into the path of a Saber-toothed tiger his fight or flight response was triggered. His heart rate shot up, pumping oxygenated blood to his muscles, his breathing rate increased, blood was diverted from his brain and organs to supply his muscles, and adrenaline was released into his bloodstream. All these things occurred so that he could either fight the tiger or run for his life. We no longer have Saber-toothed tigers to contend with. However today it’s often our own irrational fears that send us running for cover.
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I am so afraid of life that I say I am afraid of my own shadow (not sure who coined that sorry).
I literally am afraid to get up in the morning as I have no idea what the coming day will bring or maybe I have an idea what it will bring and that scares me. Fear is an intense emotion and it has stopped me from doing things I may have enjoyed. I am currently forcing myself to interact with people and join groups of different kinds.
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian