The fight or flight response is an automatic physiological reaction to an event perceived as a threat to survival, an attack or a harmful event.

The perception of threat or danger triggers an acute stress response that prepares the body to fight or flee (flight).

The chain reaction brought about by the fight or flight response can result in the following physical effects;

  • Increased heart rate
  • Dilation of the pupils
  • Increased or decreased respiration rate
  • Dilatation or constriction of blood vessels
  • Skin becoming pale or flushed as blood flow is reduced

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help individuals recognize thought patterns that precipitate anxiety and the fight or flight response. 

CBT will help individuals develop healthy coping strategies to manage feelings, reduce panic, and acknowledge that they are safe when experiencing a fight or flight response.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help individuals learn how to survive and overcome threatening situations.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used when you perceive an event or situation as stressful or frightening. 

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