Take a Deep Breath

Mar 16, 2020

Right now, life feels pretty unpredictable and uncertain and unnerving.

This is hard on your brain, which does the job of keeping you alive by being a reliable prediction machine—predicting the problems, figuring out the consequences, and anticipating the threats.

But right now, it's hard to know any of these things for sure. And so, our overall anxiety level rises. Everything starts to feel scary.

I want to give you two things that can help right now.

First, take a deep breath. Literally.

Put one hand on your belly. Inhale through your nose. Fill your belly with your breath and feel it fully expand. When you reach capacity, exhale slowly and smoothly through your nose. Rest at the bottom of the breath. Repeat this nose-to-belly breath ten times, noticing your anxiety lessen with each deep breath.

This nose-to-belly breathing immediately slows your nervous system's automatic response to stress. It signals to the brain that there is no danger and allows you to relax.

This breath is always available to you and you can use it whenever you feel your anxiety rising.

Second, sign up for a free coaching session. Really.

Right now your mind is a jumble of thoughts and worries and fears and these thoughts are creating an uncomfortable cocktail of negative emotion in your body. I know it feels like what's happening in the world is causing all your stress, but the only thing that ever creates our feelings is our thoughts.

This means that the way to get relief is to talk about what you are feeling, and then look at all the thoughts making you feel that way. In our session, I'll show you how you can question your thoughts and help you see another way of looking at things.

Which, thankfully, will make you feel so much better.



P.S. I also put out a bonus episode on my podcast to help you feel more peace and calm right now. You can listen to it here.


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