What happens to your body when you are scared?
Ever since people have been on the planet, they have felt scared. It's something that is built into all of us to keep us safe. That sounds a bit crazy doesn't it, but imagine if you didn't EVER feel scared - you wouldn't know about not sticking your hand in a fire or keeping away from a crocodile down by the river.
When we are scared lots of things happen in our body. There are some things you might notice, like your:
- heart might beat faster
- mouth might go dry
- breath might get faster
- palms might sweat
- stomach might get butterflies
- legs might feel like "jelly"
- stomach might feel sick
And some that we probably don't notice, like:
- your heart starts to pump lots of blood to your muscles and your brain
- your lungs take in lots more air so that your body has a bigger oxygen supply
- the pupils in your eyes get bigger so that you can see better
These all happen so that if you need to run away from danger, or you need to fight, your body will be ready.