The Pause Before Panic

Clenched jaw, shortness of breath, shoulders up by the ears and thoughts rapidly swirling in the mind. The feeling of a million butterflies plummeting to the bottom of your stomach.

Have you ever had this happen to you? Fight, flight or freeze– when your sympathetic nervous system turns on and the world narrows.

I always forget, even though I teach this ‘stuff’ to take a deep breath before the spiral comes on. What if we paused before we reacted to create a response rather than a reaction?

One very deep belly breath can help us feel better. Here are 3 simple steps to practice diaphragmatic breathing.

  • Draw a big breath in through the nose (if you aren’t stuffy)
  • Fill up the lungs to the maximum capacity
  • Exhale all the air out completely before taking in another deep breath

Bringing one hand to your heart and one hand to the belly can help soothe the nervous system and encourage a breath that goes into the diaphragm or belly area.

Here’s a 1.5 minute video if you are interested in learning more


Teacher Training

Our upcoming Denver training happens in October and we are excited to announce we have created a sliding scale payment model.
More information

Colorado School Partners

We are excited to be offering our program this fall at:

  • Stanley British Primary School
  • The Manning School
  • Cory Elementary
  • Slavens Elementary
  • Montessori School of Denver
  • Highlands Academy
  • Elkhart Elementary
  • Park Hill Elementary
  • Bromwell Elementary
  • Samuels Elementary
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Axl Academy w/ Kids 24/7
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Denver YMCA

Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in classes or trainings at your facility.

Happy September to you.
With deep gratitude,
Julie and the RB fam


Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay