Optimal Arousal Curve
This is a quick technique that can be very helpful in building mindfulness. By taking a minute to pause recognize where you fall on the curve you will start to become familiar with what level of stimulation, stress or pressure you might be currently experiencing and what level of stimulation might be needed to function at optimal level. When we have too much pressure or stimulus, anxiety and overwhelm sets in, however when we have too little we can fall the other direction and head to a more depressive subdued state.
Note: When we have too much pressure and overwhelm, our anxiety can also become too much and our bodies can send into a more depressive state as away to shutdown our overwhelm.
Ask yourself, “Where am I on the curve right now? What canI do to help bring myself back to balance?”