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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Hey

Stress Responses

Hello beautiful Souls,

Welcome to Somatic Balance.108, I am Caroline Hey, your mindfulness practitioner. In this Blog Post, I’d like to introduce you to the 4 Fs responses to stress.

The 4 Fs. Stress responses from your primal brain.

1. Fight

2. Flight

3. Freeze

4. Fawn

Modern “F-Rs” are mostly lived out through anger, argumentative behavior, social withdraw or substance abuse. The duration varies from momentarily to constant over years with temporary peaks.

Depending on gender, we have two dominant F’s over the others.


Fight = aggression/ push back

Freeze = emotional withdraw


Flight = fleeing the situation

Fawn = situation pleasing to avoid stress, befriending the abuser to gain time for a safe escape

The constant exposure to stress can cause, but is not limited to:

· Alcohol abuse

· Anorexia

· Cancer

· Chronic Pain

· Diabetes

· Sexual Difficulty

· Depression

· Ulcers

· Muscle and Joint pains

· High Cholesterol

Feel free to reach out to Somatic_Balance.108 for a brief chat and a stress assessment to check your stress level. We are happy to help you in finding back to your optimum state.

As long as the F-responses are activated, no healing can take place. Stress is recognized by the Cerebral Cortex which sends sensory to the Hypothalamus. This leads to heightened awareness to one’s environment. Changing the brains wiring into survival mode. Instead of rationality, the primal brain sends signals that overwrite every choice that is not linked to survival.

Safety before rationality.” Instead of “Rationality for safety.”

If no awareness or type of mindfulness technique is practiced, as it is the case in the majority of humans in the western standard world, panic occurs.

In a situation of an actual attack, an actual threat to one’s life; no sense of self, and no energy is left to respond; but one reacts.

If people practice awareness and mindfulness, one is able to overwrite the panic with rationality and will maneuver through a situation of threat tactically. Therefore has a higher chance of survival.

As a mindfulness practitioner, I am able to ease existing unbalanced F-responses and train you to tap into rationality for safety.

Take a quick self-check and answer the following questions. Simply reflect on what is coming up for you. Remember, stay free of judgement for self and others.

· Do you feel stressed very often?

· How does stress affect you?

· What stresses you?

· What do you do to manage your stress?

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