When we are exposed to a higher amount of stress than usual, our body works overtime to balance out the cost. Everyone notices the impact of stress overload differently. We can feel “stuck”, or “numb”, or “jittery” – everyone has their own ways of describing what stress overload feels like. Feeling stressed out doesn’t always mean that we are charged up and need to calm down. Quite often, it can feel exhausting and heavy. Either way, stress overload makes it hard to and think clearly, and to communicate with others.
These quick activities help your body stop stress reactions when you are feeling overwhelmed or disconnected. Taking just a couple minutes to do these can help you regain control.
When we’re under a lot of stress, we usually don’t think of things that might be helpful in the situation. Sharing these activities with the people around you can be helpful. This way, you can remind each other to use them when needed.