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Jen Guidry

Mind Your Business - Part 2 - From Hyper-Arousal to Harmony: How Mindfulness Can Balance Your Life

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For high-achieving women, the relentless pursuit of success often comes with a hidden cost: chronic stress and a state of constant hyperarousal. Living on high alert can drain your energy and undermine your health. But what if you could transform that tension into tranquility and regain control over your own wellbeing? Mindfulness provides a pathway to do just that.

Understanding Hyper-Arousal

Hyper-arousal is a condition often triggered by prolonged stress, leading to feelings of anxiety and being perpetually 'on edge.' It can disrupt sleep, concentration, and even your ability to connect with others. Hypervigilance, another common symptom, involves being excessively watchful or alert, particularly in non-threatening situations. Mindfulness can be a game-changer in managing these conditions by recalibrating your nervous system.

Mindfulness Techniques to Regulate Your Nervous System

Meditation: Regular meditation can significantly lower stress hormones and enhance your overall mood. By focusing on your breath or a specific mantra, you can train your brain to prioritize the present moment and reduce the tendency to overreact to external pressures.

Deep Breathing: This is one of the simplest yet most effective mindfulness techniques. Deep, deliberate breathing helps activate the body's parasympathetic nervous system—the part responsible for calming and relaxing you. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can reduce tension and promote a feeling of calm.

Somatic Experiencing: Developed to combat trauma, somatic experiencing involves tuning into bodily sensations to release pent-up stress and trauma. This practice can be particularly powerful for those who feel disconnected from their bodies due to intense work schedules and stress.

Real-Life Transformations

Consider the story of a client who found herself caught in a painful cycle of stress and self-doubt. Through mindfulness, specifically somatic experiencing, she learned to recognize and interrupt these patterns. She describes how incorporating mindfulness into her daily routine—not just as an occasional practice but as a way of life—has profoundly changed her perspective:

"She helped me recognize this painful cycle I’ve been subjected to my entire life and has dedicated her energy to helping me out of that cycle by teaching me to love and understand myself for who I am, not the me/identity I’ve become from my trauma."

This transformation extended beyond personal healing. The impact was visible in her relationships at home and her performance at work, earning her compliments from family and colleagues alike. Her journey from hyper-arousal to harmony illustrates the profound effect mindfulness can have.

Starting Your Journey to Balance

If you're ready to turn the page from constant stress to sustained peace, integrating mindfulness into your daily routine can be your first step. Start small, perhaps with a minute of deep breathing each morning or a brief meditation session during your lunch break. The key is consistency.

The path from hyper-arousal to harmony is not instantaneous, but with mindfulness, each step forward is a step toward a more balanced and fulfilling life.


Jen Guidry is a holistic, somatic experiencing and trauma-informed executive coach for women. She believes in helping the whole person be successful versus just helping one part. Jen is also a best-selling author who helps her clients find life-balance, overcome past trauma, and achieve high-level success. Follow Jen on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook to continue to get great insight and inspiration.