As we move through life, most of the time, we are within a safe range of arousal, which means a state where we can function well as human beings. We can self-regulate, feel grounded and present, and the reasoning part of our brain is switched on.
As we face challenges throughout the day, we naturally move into more or less arousal, which could feel like anxiety, depending on what is happening around us. This is normal, as anxiety is a messenger to let us know there could be a threat. You can think of it as your inner alarm system. When there is danger, the alarm goes off.
Do you recognise any of the hyperarousal signs within yourself?
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