People live very fast-paced lives these days and anxiety is part of the body’s built-in alarm system that alerts us to dangers in our surroundings.

The part of our human brain called the amygdala sounds the alarm when we perceive a threat and triggers a series of effects, such as a surge in cortisol and adrenaline hormones designed to prepare us to run or fight.

This, of course, increases our heart rate and blood pressure and can even lead to palpitations. This response is vital to our health and preservation, as a surge in anxiety prompts us to act quickly. However, when the alarm button seems to be stuck in the “on” position, it can exacerbate these reactions, which are designed to be temporary. This is our body’s alarm system!