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Panic or take a mini mind break?

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Why Taking A Deep Breath Helps –

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Why Taking A Deep Breath Helps –

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70% of adults say they experience anxiety daily. For 30%, the anxiety is constant. But what to do? I take a Mini Mind Break. We, at ROR, have become addicted (pun intended) to our mini mind breaks.

Why Your Body Needs A Mini Mind Break

When our bodies process anxiety, it triggers the flight or fight response, releasing a surge of adrenaline. This worked well to protect our ancestors from dinosaur attacks and is still useful today in emergencies. All too often, our bodies are geared up to fight emergencies that never happen. In his book, Retraining the Brain, Dr. Frank Lawlis explains,

"Here's what's going on in the anxiety-filled brain: Fears and stress trigger an anxiety storm in your brain - which in turn creates chaos that your brain tries to resolve, but can't. Instead, it just lingers there, endlessly spinning with surges of raw shocks. In psychological terms, that means you're in a chronic (which means constant) state of anxiety."

When trouble hits, my adrenal glands leap into action, flooding my body with hormones. My heart beats faster and my breathing kicks into high gear. My muscles brace for the anticipated hit, and my pupils lock-in on the target. This is my body's conditioned response to stress, but my body couldn’t keep up with my fears. I eventually lost an adrenal gland. Dr. Lawlis's circle breathing offers a one-minute fix that turns my body around.

All too often the idea of pausing for a minute here and another minute there is lovely but impractical. To help you get positive again, we've developed these simple Mini Mind Breaks. Each video lasts approximately one minute and is perfect for viewing on the go during a stressful day.

Please consider the one-minute beach vacay as our gift to you this gloomy winter. May every gray day and challenging situation find you breathing yourself toward the rebirth of spring.  Take a minute every day to get away and get re-centered.

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Pam is the author of two books: Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and Find Your True Colors In 12 Steps. She's also a contributing editor for Reach Out Recovery. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.

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