xxxxiv) Need to understand the fear cycle (first and second fear)

As change can result in anxiety and even fear in some people, there is a need to understand more about fear, especially fear of fear. This feeds anxiety: "...much anxiety and all nervous illness is caused by people becoming frightened of themselves, frightened of the state they are in. That fear starts a vicious feedback loop between the mind and the body. We get stuck in a fear cycle..."

Judith Hoare as quoted by Jill Margo 2019a

" are in a state because you are frightened of yourself, frightened of the dreadful feeling of fear, frightened of your own symptoms, mentally and physically which seemed to have consumed you......the fear might have started from a genuine problem...... only when people become afraid of the symptoms of fear - a fear of the fear -......they were nervously ill..."

Claire Weekes as quoted by Jill Margo 2019a

"...when people perceive the threat, such as a snake or tiger, the body instinctively prepares for fight, flight or freeze. This is first fear and its primal. But when somebody who is run down with illness or worry experiences this......that triggers greater alarm or second fear..."

Jill Margo 2019

"...distressed people, who think they are getting worse than they are, start to worry about their symptoms. They add fear to fear which creates a cycle they're unable to break..."

Judith Hoare as quoted by Jill Margo 2019a

The best way of handling this is yielding to the fear, ie balancing the two biological systems: the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

...The sympathetic system stimulates the body fight-flight-freeze response by increasing the heart rate and breathing, constricting vessels and shutting down digestion. In contrast, the parasympathetic system calms the body by stimulating it to feed and breed and rest..."

Jill Margo 2019a

By yielding, this is helping calm the body down. It involves a simple mantra: face, accept, float, let time pass, ie

"...Face means don't run away, accept means to own it, float means don't fight it, and letting time pass, give the body the time to get the message..."

Jill Margo 2019a

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