We all have a “window of tolerance” where we can process and respond to the stressors and demands of everyday life. In this window, we can think and make decisions without feeling overwhelmed. But when we are exposed to extreme stress or trauma, our brains and bodies respond by sending signals to either Fight, Flight or Freeze. When you’re outside the window - either hyperaroused or hypoaroused - the prefrontal cortex isn’t able to function in a way that lets us think clearly and deal with life in an effective way. Everyone’s window of tolerance is different.