Identifying a high level of tension

Tension in our bodies changes.
It depends on our feelings
or experiences.
When I am well, the tension in my body is low.
When I am stressed, the tension in my body is high.

Levels of tensions are described like this:

  • low: no tension
    I feel relaxed.
  • medium: a medium level of tension
    I am restless, but I can still do what I am doing.
  • high: a high level of tension
    I feel very stressed.
    I can't take it anymore.
    I want it to stop as soon as possible.

For women*
who have experienced trauma,
it is often very difficult to realise
when tension is rising or already high.
But if they know
they are tense, they can do something about it.
They feel better inside their bodies again.
Therefore, it can be good
to practise observing tension in the body.