5 Signs You’re In Survival Mode (And How To Get Out Of It)

5 Signs You’re In Survival Mode (And How To Get Out Of It)

Survival mode is our brain’s response when it perceives there is danger around us, even if nothing is happening. Survival mode can also tell us when we’re ignoring our brain’s cry for help for too long. Do you relate to these signs?

We also made a video on the signs you’re living in survival mode, not lazy: https://youtu.be/XQtTKTTbumA

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Harvard Health Publishing. (2020). Understanding the stress response. Harvard Health; Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

Stuck in Survival Mode: Insights into Turning Down Your Stress Level. (2014, November 6). UConn Today. https://today.uconn.edu/2014/11/stuck-in-survival-mode-insights-into-turning-down-your-stress-level/

Why Survival Mode Isn’t the Best Way to Live. (n.d.). Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/lifting-the-veil-trauma/202006/why-survival-mode-isnt-the-best-way-live