Research has shown that people with behaviour disorders like ODD are more likely to be sensitive to stress and take longer to recover from stress. When people feel high levels of stress and anxiety, they are more like to ‘react’ in fast and extreme ways. Some people’s reactions can be in ‘fight mode’ (aggressive, defensive).
Finding things that help you feel calm and safe can help you feel more in control of your behaviours. These might include:
- Breathing exercises
- Learning to meditate
- Being physically active, e.g. taking a karate class
- Spending time in nature
- Doing things you enjoy
- And many others!