Fight or Flight Response 

Read ONLY for enjoyment and to get to know me a little more. I am part of the human race that encounters real life experiences that pushes my faith in God to a greater level. 

I once had the distinct pleasure a few years ago while working on my degree as a student in one of the Christian psychology courses to sit under the instruction of one of my very own daughters- Dr. Krissy Doyle-Thomas. 

This was the first time I learnt about the ‘Fight or Flight Response’ ….it’s where the sympathetic (everyone but definitely women are inclined to being extremely sympathetic) nervous system stimulates the adrenal (adrenaline) glands triggering an increase in the heart rate, blood pressure,  and the breathing patterns. It’s the psychological (brain) reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.

I became so intrigued with this topic that it held my attention for the duration of this course. This blog is not intended for you or me to fully understand the what, how, and why – just for you to understand my personality trait …so just relax and don’t take a fight or flight response on me…

Hey 👋🏾 – The Fight or Flight Response takes place in my life each and every day. In life, there are always challenges that just pops up whether in your life or in someone close and dear to you that brings on Life’s reality Check Points of Fight or Flight Responses.

When something scares you mentally or physically ….the hormones causes you to either run away or to stay and deal with whatever you’re facing. A lion, barking dogs, dark alleys, etc 

I’m a little embarrassed to openly confess that when something terrifies me mentally or physically I want to hide my face (buried in an emotional and paralyzed position) and simply freeze. I lose all fighting mechanisms…If there’s a Longstanding Award for the Flight Response, I believe I can become a runner up….. By nature I take the flight response. My adrenaline goes from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds. 

What are SOME of the normal things that can create a fight or flight response: 

  • Phobias  – persistent fear of something or a situation 
  • Brain chatters – incomplete thoughts, anxieties looking for immediate answers 
  • Feelings of loneliness – tribe vs being alone 
  • Toxic relationships – physically or emotionally 
  • Childhood traumas – negative memories 
  • Mental instability – withdrawal, feeling disconnected, mood changes 

My demeanour with Flight Response:

  • Cry
  • Worry
  • Panic
  • My #1 culprit is Overthinking  – brain chatters (incomplete thoughts, anxieties looking for immediate action) 
  • No sleep


  • Move into listening to music
  • Sing songs to express my belief in God while still crying to the lyrics
  • Read a scripture
  • Write a blog
  • Write
  • Write
  • Write

Without GOD….seriously there will be NO ME. 

I’m totally convinced that there’s NO ONE other than GOD who can make ALL things work together for our betterment. In times when you cannot pray, remember – Tears are prayers too, He listens to your heart. 

I’ve been in countless situations where no human can comfort my fears. Humans are just as helpless as we are – when faced with a fearful situation. 

Keep on writing, someone wants to know how you conquered that evil, tormented spirt call ‘Fear’. 

There will be many chapters in your story. Just do not get stuck in the chapter you are currently writing. 

I find my strength in Christ alone. When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In EVERY high and stormy seasons – MY ANCHOR holds in His unchanging ways. 

God can restore anything that’s broken, all we need is FAITH to believe. Even when I hear absolutely nothing from God, I can rest assured that He’s hearing me. 

God exchanges fear for courage, strength, and confidence. One hour at a time, one day at a time, and one step at a time. 

There’s NOT ONE drug on earth that will ever permanently remove Fear. GOD can stabilize and strengthen you so you can choose the Fight Response.

In the morning when I wake up – please give me JESUS! In the night when I lay on my bed in the midnight darkness – please give me JESUS! 

4 thoughts on “Fight or Flight Response 

  1. Junie, I love your honest sharing of your journey. So glad that we have learned to go to The Rock!!! Daily blessings be yours always!

  2. This is so powerful and so accurate mom! You get a A+++ !!

    No but seriously. Fear is crippling. I have learned from watching you as my practical example and reading my Bible that trusting in God, a power outside of myself, is the only way I can cope… not only cope but thrive in those crippling situation.

    A passage that has been my go to and tested as TRUE in my life when I encounter anxious thoughts is Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERY situation, by PRAYER and PETITION, with THANKSGIVING present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God, which TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, will guard your hearts and your MINDS in Christ Jesus.

    Tested and true! Living testimony.
    Love you, your daughter, Krissy

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