Noise level: when my children are all speaking at once, or fighting, I reach for my earphones, or lock myself in my bedroom.
Anxiety level: when I overhear someone speaking about the news, I leave.
Exhaustion level: when the words coming out of my mouth no longer make sense, I go to bed.
Worry level: when I’m stuck in traffic and it’s -20 degrees Celsius outdoors, I no longer let the gas level drop so low.
Loneliness level: when I am so trapped in my own thoughts that I am beginning to lose my grip on sanity, I call a friend.
Stimulation level: when my sense are bombarded by sights and sounds, I say no, or seclude myself.