Breathe Your Way to Greater Resilience: A 28-Day Challenge
“Stress acts as an accelerator: it will push you either forward or backward,
but you choose which direction."
Stress is a normal part of being human and can be a healthy response to a demand. It can drive us to learn, get creative, and perform at our best. However, when stress is constant and doesn't give our bodies enough time to recover, it can lead to anxiety, depression, and even chronic illness.
There are many causes of stress, such as health concerns, financial worries, life changes, and relationship issues. One common cause of stress is work-related stress, which can be caused by demanding jobs, long hours, tight deadlines, and job insecurity.
Everyone experiences stress differently, but it's important to recognise your own symptoms. For me, stress can manifest as a headache, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, changes in appetite, and irritability. Some people may have trouble concentrating or may feel overwhelmed. Building resilience, or the ability to bounce back, is an important part of managing stress.
One way to build resilience is by exposing ourselves to short periods of controlled stress, such as exercise or cold showers. This can make us stronger and more capable of tackling new challenges. In addition, there are some other potentially powerful benefits to controlled stress. For example, it can:
Increase longevity by taking advantage of a phenomenon called hormesis, which at the cellular level stimulates the body's mitochondria, causing them to adapt and slow their natural decline.
Boost the immune system in the short term, helping the body respond to infection or illness. For those serious about this, the Wim Hof method, which involves specific breathing exercises and encourages you to regularly expose yourself to ice-cold temperatures, is an excellent immunity booster.
- Improve focus and concentration, by releasing key neurotransmitters including acetylcholine and noradrenaline, your natural inbuilt cocktail of drugs for performance!
However, if are looking for a more relaxed, measurable way to manage stress and build resilience, consider joining our 28-day Breathtaking Challenge, starting on February 1st.
Scientifically proven to increase Heart Rate Variability (HRV), a well-established biomarker of stress, the challenge involves 28, 10-minute daily training sessions. Simply follow a breathing pacer set at a specific rate on our partner app, and use the supplied HRV monitor & watch in real time as your stress levels fall away.
For extra motivation, we offer a full refund to anyone who completes all 28 days! Please find all the details by following this link and we look forward to sharing the experience with you.