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Monday Stress?

A simple 'Brain hack' to reduce stress and help with TMMTs!
Joni Peddie
September 19, 2023
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Monday Stress?

Stress  is not the bad guy

But TMMTs “Too Many Monday Tasks” can make one feel daunted,  overwhelmed, and somewhat anxious. Self reveal…this was me TODAY!

Luckily  I remembered a technique I learnt from Andrew D, Huberman, Ph.D.  

This  is supposedly the fastest protocol for reducing stress in real time.

If  you’re impatient (like me), it’s called the “physiological sigh”.



Two  back-to-back inhales (through your nose) to MAX lung inflation, followed by full exhale (to empty your lungs) through your mouth. Do this three times.

Viola! A 9  second brain-hack!


I  sometimes welcome that ‘stressed’ state… for the adrenalin surge, followed by  the ‘va va voom’ mental focus. But this week, I only have Monday in my  office before heading off to work in the Cape. When I am ‘under-the whip’, I  can easily slip into my ‘Sgt Major mode’ and that’s not pretty, great or  ‘lekker’ (as we say in South Africa). 😱

Some facts about  the “physiological sigh” (if you have read this far on a Monday afternoon)…          


Discovered in the 1930s as a natural pattern  of breathing, which occurs spontaneously in sleep (#sleepisyoursuperpower).



It allows the 100s of millions of small sacs  (alveoli) in the lungs to inflate, as we inhale. And then we exhale the  carbon dioxide, restoring oxygen: carbon dioxide ratios.




This is not breath work. This a natural  pattern of breathing - hard-wired, and present from birth.



It works first time, and every time!  #selfmanage #reduceoverwhelm #BOUNCEFORWARD



Ready to conquer those TMMTs (Too Many Monday Tasks) and keep stress at bay? Give this 9-second brain hack, the "physiological sigh," a try  today.  

Let's beat that overwhelm together and Bounce  Forward™ with va va voom!💪😃 

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