Whether it’s caused by a heavy workload, relationship troubles or just the general burden of adulting, we all encounter stress from time to time. It’s totally normal and in small amounts, can even be useful — like when you’ve got an urgent deadline coming up and need the adrenaline to get sh*t done.
That said, there are definitely times when the ol’ flight or fight mode is more of a hindrance than a help. In those situations, you need a go-to strategy to help you chill out and get your head in the game, ASAP. And we’ve got just the thing for you! Georgia Foster is a clinical hypnotherapist who’s helped strung-out clients quiet their minds for more than 20 years — and she’s just released her new online program, The 3 Minute Anxiety Fix.
It consists of six different 3-minute breathing patterns, designed to be done in the morning, or before anxiety-provoking situations. The exercises are said to not only reduce anxiety instantly, but also improve your tolerance to stress long-term.
The program also includes three, 24 minute self-hypnosis sessions. These are said to train the brain to react calmly and logically by accessing the pre-frontal cortex, rather than our panic station, the amygdala at the base of the brain, which produces the fight-or-flight hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
One Daily Mail journalist tried the program for a week and claims that it not only helped her remain calm in stressful experiences but changed the way she responds to them altogether.
Afterwards, I feel jubilant. It’s not that I’ve magically acquired a new blithe personality or a false veneer of serenity. Rather that, when I feel agitated I’m more likely to question my rationale before spiralling into panic. I’m modifying how I think and therefore respond to challenges
-Anna Maxted via The Daily Mail
You can check out The 3 Minute Anxiety Fix here, or try one of the breathing exercises below:
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