Get Out Of Survival Mode

Get Out Of Survival Mode

Getting Out Of Overwhelm with Lindsey Peterson talks about how parents can stop the chaos and come to a place of calm to be a more impactful parent! 

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Transcript for Get Out Of Survival Mode

Kristina: Welcome, parents. Today we’re going talk about how to get out of survival mode in our parenting. Hello everyone. My name is Kristina Campos. I’m the founder of The Impactful Parent. I help parents of school-aged children turn their chaos into connection with their adolescents. I offer free parent education videos every week. I offer online courses and coaching. If that wasn’t enough, I bring experts in other fields onto The Impactful Parent stage to teach us even more. Today I have a special guest, Lindsey Peterson. Lindsey teaches women how to have more energy and be less overwhelmed when it comes to daily living. Thank you for being here, Lindsey.

Lindsey, I want to start off with what does survival mode looks like? How do I know if I am in survival mode?

Get Out Of Survival Mode

Get Out Of Survival Mode

Lindsey:  We’re crabby, we’re overwhelmed, we’re tired, and we’re exhausted. We’re finding ourselves snapping at the littlest of things. Suddenly, our child might say, Mom, stop yelling. It’s not fun. And we’re surely not being that role model that we want to be for our kids.

Kristina: No, we don’t want to be in survival mode. We want to feel good. And when we feel good, we’re better parents. So tell us, Lindsey, how can I get out of survival mode if I find myself that I’m there?

Lindsey:  Start to build awareness of when you are in survival mode. Look for a fight response or flight response, or freeze response.

The fight response looks like we’re yelling, screaming, or raising our voices.

The flight mode response feels like you want to give up. No more of this.

And the freeze response has you stuck. Mom? Mom? Are you there? You’re stuck there speechless. Or you don’t know what to do. You don’t know what to say. You don’t know how to act.

Then how do you get out of survival mode once you realize you are experiencing a fight, flight, or freeze response?  You have to create calm.  Calm is the secret to getting out.

Kristina: Can you teach me a calming strategy to get out of survival mode?

Lindsey:  Yep. Absolutely. One of my favorite strategies to use is stomach breathing. There is a difference between lung breathing and stomach breathing.

Get Out Of Survival Mode

Get Out Of Survival Mode

To start, put one hand on your chest and one hand over your stomach. Take some intentional breaths.  Notice where your breath is right now. Close your eyes and notice where your breath is? Is it in your lungs, or is it in your stomach?

Often, our breath is in our lungs because we’ve got things going on, we’re busy. We’re feeling overwhelmed or nervous. When we feel like this, our breath comes from our lungs. I want you to shift your breath from your lungs to your stomach. Intentionally telling your breath to shift to your stomach. Once your breath I coming from your stomach, take three deep breaths.

Lung breath is actually a survival breath. When we are in a true survival situation, we breathe from our lungs. That breath keeps us alert. The stomach breathe does the opposite.  The stomach breathe calms us down.

Kristina: What happens if we just tried that and it didn’t work?

Get Out Of Survival Mode

Get Out Of Survival Mode

Lindsey: Don’t use it. There are lots and lots of calming strategies out there. Simply find one that works for you. I have plenty more I can teach you, or you can grab them off my website.

Kristina: I also have a FREE PDF called 20 Ways To Cope.  On there, I give you more than 20 ways to calm down and ways to cope with anxiety and frustration.  It is meant for kids, but honestly, it can work for adults too.  You never know what will work for you, so it is important to try several techniques and see what works best.  You can get my free pdf at

Lindsey: Yes, and just because a technique works well for one person doesn’t mean it will work well for you or well for your child.

Kristina:  Tell us more about what you do, Lindsay, in case people want to reach out to you for more.

Lindsey: I start off by helping moms get out of survival mode.  Then I work with mom to stay out of survival mode. I teach you tools and strategies to keep you happy, healthy, and balanced.

Kristina: Thank you for being here today. Lindsey, there is so much that you can offer other women, and I so appreciate that.

And if you would like to become a more impactful parent or listener, check out all that my website offers.  I have parenting courses, family coaching, 30 Day challenges, and lots of free resources. But Until next time, you got this, parents. I’m just here to help.

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November 11, 2021