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“When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe. But that is not what great ships are built for.”

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Your Action:

If you are feeling butterflies, remember that you can make them fly in formation, channeling the stress response. The stress response is there to give you the fuel you need to focus and do something hard. With that positive reframing, you can make the stress response work for you rather than against you. Follow along to the paced breath animation video posted here. Simply breathe in as the animation expands, and then exhale as the animation contracts. When you double the length of your exhale compared to your inhale you lower your heart rate and calm your nervous system, making it easier to control your butterflies.


If you are feeling calm, but want to get energized and focused, this paced breath animation can also be useful. Make sure to keep your eyes focused on the animation and limit your blinking as you pace your breath. This eye gaze will give you a boost of energy and focus, while the breathing pace will maintain your calm.

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How To Prevent:

Master Brain! Having a regular morning practice can rewire your brain and get you to a place where your default state is calm and confident. It can also increase your stress tolerance.

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