Are Fear & Stress Impacting Your Body?

Bethel Wagner
May – June 2021 • Vol 3, No 115

Fear. It’s something we all feel. It’s what enables us to react when we sense danger. Feeling fear can literally save our lives, and under the right circumstances, it’s a beautiful thing. Under the wrong circumstances, it can crush us. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.

I would propose to you that fear is the root cause of stress. Stress happens when the body, mind, or emotions sense or perceive danger and react to it. Stress causes virtually every “dis-ease” known to man. More importantly, all disease happens because the body gets stuck in a chronic stress response.

So, what is triggering all this fear and keeping people stuck in a perpetual state of stress? Well, think about it. Many people feel threatened or overwhelmed in their work or home environment and spend the better part of their day feeling tense. Some individuals sense the collective fear churned up by current events and the media, sending their nervous system into overdrive. Some folks know that heart disease or cancer runs in the family.

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