Have you ever had someone tell you what they think you SHOULD do, (like meditating), during a stressful period of time in your life? As though sitting in a tortured silence will help you out...
There are going to be minutes, hours, days, and sometimes weeks in your life where it is completely inappropriate to sit in silence. When our nervous systems are ramped up and we feel chaotic inside and are frantically moving around through our days to avoid the turmoil... this is not when you want to try to sit down in a quiet room and breath.
Many of my clients will attest to times like this during their program where we had to abandon breath work and mindfulness for movement to help get the jitters out.
The only thing that will help our stress levels is our adaptability to stress.
Unfortunately there is not a straight forward formula to figuring this out. It takes time. Time to test our limits of how stressed we can be while sitting still and when it might be appropriate to push that limit and build our levels of resilience up. Because it is like exercising a muscle, the harder we push at appropriate times, the more we grow.
NOT ALL THE FCKIN TIME THOUGH. And learning to voice our opinions or say no thank you to opinions that are unsolicited is a great tool to have in your pocket. It may take bravery and courage but let me tell you.. being able to communicate clearly what you need is a HUGE stress reliever.
Movement can often be the best medicine, (unless it is a neurotic tendency to exercise)... and when you are really stressed out and struggling, if it causes more stress, do not do it.