WHEN IN CHAOS WE ARE OPERATING IN THE FIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE MIND
The parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are the two parts of what’s known as our autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling bodily functions that we don’t do consciously such as breath, digestion, and our heartbeat. While the sympathetic nervous system is like a gas pedal that activates the stress response in times of danger (like a lion coming out us or past fears and triggers coming up), the parasympathetic nervous system is our body’s brake system.
Some people, like myself, have lived much of their life in this mental state. Others get in this state triggered by a crisis: loss of something significant (employment, loved one, pet, home, money), illness, lack of success, triggering of a traumatic event (PTSD), etc.