How to Turn off the Fight, Flight, Freeze Response: Anxiety Skills #4

When the Fight, Flight, or Freeze response kicks in, the thinking part of your brain shuts down. Trying to force yourself to calm down rarely works-that's because your brain is meant to default to ancient survival responses like the Fight/Flight/Freeze response.
In this video I give an overview of how we can turn off that fight, flight or freeze response.
But we can learn skills to trigger a calming response-activating our parasympathetic nervous system by using Grounding activities.

Check out my Grounding Skills playlist to learn 15 ways to turn off the Fight, Flight or Freeze Response:

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