Stress reactions have an important and useful purpose. They help us act quickly when we perceive a possible threat. Stress reactions are biological responses and not a sign of weakness. However, they can get in the way of thinking and communicating with others.
The goal of this exercise is to interrupt stress reactions when you feel “foggy” or less able to control your actions than you would like. Try it on your own, or together with another person, then compare the differences you notice.
Count down from 20 as you walk around the room
If this exercise works for you, you can invite others to do it with you when they are feeling stressed.