Panic and fear have a profound effect on the body. It sets off alarms intended for heightened awareness that can ultimately protect us.
The avalanche of hormones and neurotransmitters that prepare us for quick action are intended for short term use. Prolonged panic has an even more profound effect. It is deeply fatiguing and can undermine sleep and a strong immune response.
In times of heightened stress when there is no quick solution, the onus is on each of us to do what we can to mitigate the powerful effects of a nervous system on high alert.
Hydration, rest, good nutrition, finding our own ways to restore such as using meditation apps, online yoga or quiet time with the news turned off.