You really don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. Sure you can plan or figure that the normal routine will happen. It probably will. But when you have those moments of anticipating what tomorrow will look like or what if this happens or if that doesn't happen, it can literally paralyze you with fear, excitement or concern. Your brain will race with all the possibilities of what MIGHT happen, usually being on all the negative things. And as you sit there, you feel your heart race, your breathing quicken and maybe even start to sweat even though you haven't moved a muscle. This anxiety completely changes your physical state. It's our prehistoric FIght or Flight response that has been genetically formulated to protect us from the attacking Sabor-toothed tiger but right now its wondering if the bills will be paid or not. Obviously, this response is perfect for when we need to survive an attack, but if we live our lives in this state, then our bodies will break down. Cortisol is the hormone that is released during stressful situations. It helps us with our Fight or Flight response. But with prolonged "bathing" in cortisol, and being constantly in Fight or Flight, we NEVER recover. We don't repair any body issues, we don't digest properly, we don't burn stored fat, we can't sleep, we lose focus on the things and the people around us, we become uninterested in sex, and we burn out our adrenal glands, just to name a few things. We stress out so much that this becomes our constant state. The anxiety becomes our Saber-toothed Tiger and it is literally eating us alive. There are many ways to battle anxiety. One of the simplest and longest standing medicines to this is controlled breathing techniques. Our breathing is directly linked to our nervous system and if we can slow our breathing down then we can slow our nervous system reactions down. There are many different breathing techniques out there but the one I have used a ton and found much success is the Wim Hoff Breathing technique. It's 30 inhales and forced exhales followed by max time holding breath after a full exhale and then a 30-sec hold with one breath in, and then repeated. It relaxes me, calms down, and allows me to work from a much more centered headspace. If you are riddled with stress in your world, you have to try it! It REALLY works! Take control of your stress and anxiety. Take control of your BREATHING:)

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