Why is it that we fear change so much? For some people, they fear change so much so that they freeze in their place and can’t move.
The reason for this is because we see change as a threat. Even if the change is something that we want, our nervous system sees it as something that is trying to attack us.
When we’re under attack or the illusion of being under attack, our body goes into fight, flight or freeze mode. This is an old system of protection for our body. It was so that back in the caveman days, if we came face to face with a bear or lion, we could run away or try to fight.
This defence mechanism is in our nervous system to protect us i.e. if we’re being chased, about to be attacked etc. but most of the time, our lives are not in danger.
Change is unknown. If you quit your job, end your relationship etc, there is no guarantee in your mind that it will all work out...even if most of the time, it does all work out. This fear, then activates your flight/ fight and you are scared into staying where you are.
So, how do you keep your system from activating? First, tell your body over and over again that it is not under attack and that it is safe (assuming that your life is not in danger). Next, you need to do the thing that you are scared to do over and over again until your nervous system no longer recognizes it as a threat.
Think back to when change was learning to sit up, stand, walk, ride a bike. Any skill that you’ve learned, you once didn’t know it. The first time might be scary but once you kept doing it, it got easier.
Remember, ships are safest in the habour but that’s not what ships are built for.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.