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.


001 Emotional Fitness: What is emotional fitness and how it impacts your life

Welcome to Life Gym: Exercises for Emotional Fitness.
If you’re asking what is emotional fitness, I invite you to think of some of the benefits of exercising your body… I’m sure you can think of many, such as an increase in strength, mobility, and stamina. When we are physically fit, it can be more enjoyable to be in our bodies. Yet, how often do we exercise our minds? This podcast is an exploration of the exercises to make your mind a deeply enjoyable place to be. I’m Laura Wade, with a background in physiological counseling and a passion for fitness and I’m excited to introduce you to the world of Emotional Fitness
This first week is an introduction to emotional fitness, and explores breaking down the components of emotional fitness can lead us to being more realistic and gentle with ourselves, ultimately leading to greater growth and getting to our emotional goals with more ease.
Each week a new topic will be explored and provide an exercise for you to try in your life. Emotional and physical fitness are journeys, not one stop solutions. If you’re looking to make long term and meaningful changes in your emotional and mental well-being, listen in to this podcast, then put the exercises into practice. 
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