The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) acts as a survival system for the body, and functions automatically, but it becomes dysregulated by prolonged exposure to chronic stress. The well known “fight or flight” response mobilizes massive amounts of energy for defense or flight to safety. When the threat has passed, the ANS helps to release the energy from the stress.
An example of this would be a dazed gazelle in convulsive tremors after an unsuccessful lion attack. Shuddering, freezing or being in a temporary stupor are all examples of the ANS working its powerful magic in a matter of pivotal minutes. A wild animal will pick up and return to their lives with ease after such an incident because the healthy ANS has facilitated the body to “shake it all off”.