The window of tolerance is the range in which we as humans are able to function most effectively.
When the brain perceives a threat that it can fight or flee from it is likely to go into a state of hyper-arousal, in which you may experience heightened agitation and alertness, and a heightened reactivity to stimuli.
This is you’re your sympathetic nervous system getting activated.
Physical symptoms of hypo-arousal:
increased heart rate & blood pressure
increased flow of oxygen/blood to organs
increased capacity for blood clotting
decrease digestion / saliva production
depressed immune system
increase in breathing
Mental Symptoms of hypo-arousal:
intrusive / racing thoughts
decreased ability to socially engage
Coping skills for when you are hypo-aroused:
Slow deep breathing to calm
Create saliva by sucking on a candy, thinking of something mouthwatering, etc.
Ask for help
Cuddle with pets
Each person’s response to threat is unique, which physical or mental symptoms of hypo-arousal did you recognize in yourself? Have you tried all the coping skills listed? If not try some of them out the next time you notice your symptoms. Learn what works for you.