Thanks so much, ladies!
Ever since I have been playing with flowers and cell salts, my "reactions" have been a lot less predictable. It may not just be the FEs and salts, though, because I have been doing a lot of other work, too. It is very unusual, for example, for me to feel that spinning top feeling. I see it in my DD and I've felt it a few times, but it is not common for me at all. Not eating under stress is also uncommon! LOL
I have a few thoughts running through my head on this topic. Let's see if I can describe it accurately...
(1) When life is going smoothly (with the usual unpredictable one-offs, but in general ...), then I roll with the blips as they occur with grace and ease. Even when they are BIG blips! As long as I am getting enough sleep and drinking water and eating real food, I can handle a lot more "stress" than the average person I know and I handle it with grace and a smile and it doesn't really "effect" me. I mean, I feel it, but after a little downtime (nap or nighttime sleep or time at the beach or whatever), I'm good to go. I can accomplish amazing amounts of "things" and all with a smile while feeling great!
(2) When life stays in that stressful place for too long (no defined time limit that I can discern, but the downtimes stop resetting the clock, so to speak), then my patterns of reactions are one way. Keeping with the existing examples, I tend to eat more under stress and not the healthiest choices but rather the most convenient choices (sometimes they match, like an apple, but not always) and I feel very determined and focused. I move very obviously into "productive" mode and I tend to have tunnel vision. Anything not related to the "project" gets ignored, like dishes and laundry. I make exceptions for people because I tend to ALWAYS place a higher value on relationships (all types) than just about anything else, but that isn't to say I spend the same amount time on relationships as I usually do nor does it mean the same level of quality is there.
(3) When life stays in the above level of stress for too long, then all my reactions flip-flop. Extreme stress equals forgetting to eat and that spinning top feeling and I cannot focus at all. I crave solitude at that point and can't even handle much "relationship" time at all. Simply walking DD to school and back feels like a big deal because I am expected to say "Hi!" to everyone I know and some conversations will go deeper and I don't feel I have the time or desire to do so. My well is empty, so to speak.
So, I get confused when I look through books and online. Which set of circumstances/reactions do I look for? How I am on an everyday basis (1) or constant low-mid level stress (2) or periods of extreme stress (3)???? States 2 and 3 are nearly opposites. States 1 and 2 have a very different feel for me, too. My goal is to stay in #1!!! LOL
At the moment, I am still in stage 3. I'm feeling more calm than yesterday's extremes, but I am holed up in our master bedroom today for as long as possible. (I'm teaching a little later, so I cannot stay here forever. LOL) This is my grounding space (bedroom) and I feel like I need an anchor.
Got any ideas for helping me return to my natural, every day state???? As in today, soon. LOL
Also, any tips for the above are greatly appreciated!