I really wish there were such a thing as a stress meter, one that was visible to others. I have an internal one that I feel, but that doesn’t do much good when other people can’t see it and don’t know what’s going on with me.
It would be so much easier for my loved ones to know when I am being triggered or when I’m about to lose myself into a full-blown panic attack without me needing to say so. In those moments, I don’t often have words to justify my feelings. Sometimes I don’t even have breath.
Just think of how many panic attacks might be nipped in the bud if those around someone could see that their anxiety levels were inching up to the danger zone. Think about the number of arguments that might never happen if partners had something physical they could use to gauge how their loved one feels as opposed to having to guess.
This would be awesome for depression and sadness or even anger levels as well. I think more people would be apt to help if they could see concrete evidence instead of just trying to read the moodiness or emotional cues.
And oh my goodness how great it would be when taking care of children, especially little ones like babies or toddlers. It is so difficult at times to understand what they need. Seeing a chart that demonstrates how tired or grumpy they are and why would make all the difference in the world for struggling parents or caregivers.