Your Response Makes All the
Fit in a Year - Week
unreliable. I'm not producing another installment of how
to read a nutrition label....because when I was presenting my
one-minute commercial about my mind/body work at a Networking
group the other day, and I told them what I'm about to tell
you, I realized how many people just flat don't know what I'm
about to tell you. First, remember that no matter what
life throws at you, it's your response that makes the
difference. What you choose to do with the challenge
makes all the
So if you are challenged, what's the first thing you should
do? Take a deep breath. Not just any old
gut-sucking-in breath--a breath through your nose. A very
deep breath through your nose. Try it. Right
now. You'll notice how it slows everything down--your
respiration rate, your heart rate, your thoughts--that's
because the steady stream of air passing over the nerves in
your nasal passages send the message to your brain that
everything is fine. Relaxation hormones are recruited and
released by your brain. You feel better.
You can think.
If you instead respond to a challenge by breathing rapidly
and feeling panicky, your brain gets the message that
something's wrong, and slips into reptilian mode: fight
or flight. Cortisol surges, your heart rate increases,
you breathe even more quickly, and there you are, with an
entire battalion of hormones at the ready and racing into your
blood stream, but you are stuck in your chair.
Result? Stress. Stress is just a body flooded with
these hormones with no where to go. That's toxic.
So next time life throws you a challenge, remember, take a
deeeeeep breath through your nose. And exhale
slowly. And fully.
It will change your life.