004 What’s Your Autonomic Nervous System and How It Impacts You

004 Episode – What’s Your Autonomic Nervous System and How It Impacts You

This episode explores:

  • What is your Autonomic Nervous System
  • Stress Response Rollercoaster
  • What to do about it

Autonomic Nervous System

  • bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System, aka rest and digest system, conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity
  • Sympathetic Nervous System – activates our Fight and Flight systems


Fight, Flight, Freeze

  • The model that currently seems to represent the research and personal experience best is the Stress Response Hill, which I believe came from TRP, Trauma Recovery Protocol in Denver, http://www.loveandtrauma.com/map
  • Autonomic = involuntary, different activations, proteins in brain connected to triggers,
  • Reptilian part of brain responds first to threat
  • Evolutionary advantage, for those that responded quickest to threat, short term get to live, long term damage to system
  • Stress Response Rollercoaster
  • What the stress response rollercoaster looks like while hiking and what happens at each stage
  • What is looks like in life
    • Impacts on relationships, health
  • What’s the point in learning more about stress response and increasing the ability to ground yourself? It will allow you to access your pre-frontal cortex – the birthplace of empathy, compassion*, and executive functioning**, such as good better best choices. How does this effect us
  • guides you through experiential exercises so you can build up your strengths to walk through any fears.


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