Fight, Flight or Freeze! These are the responses to adrenaline - the sense that danger is about. If we do not have the right coping mechanisms for adrenaline, we will experience anxiety, addiction and find it impossible to healthily achieve fitness.
When our body is pumped with adrenaline, our breath changes. In the fight response, we breath deeper into our chest to prepare for battle. In the flight response our breath shortens as we devolve into panic. And in the freeze response, our breath stops.
When we are aware of our breath we are aware of our fear and when we are aware of our fear we can turn it into a gift.
Say you're anxious around the dance floor. Say dancing makes you so anxious whenever it's time to dance you instead go down two shots of jaeger. Go to the dance floor and feel your breath tighten, feel the sweat start to form and stay present while continuing to breath. Do not go anywhere. Do not move one inch. In thirty seconds the anxiety will turn to excitement. In thirty more seconds you will start to move your feet. In thirty more seconds you will start to dance and breath a deep sigh of relief as the physical tension leaves your body. Dancing becomes your medicine as you celebrate the joy of release.
As this method becomes habit we start to heal more and more situations in which we are anxious. The feeling that used to send us running away becomes a signal for us to know we're on the right track. We have turned anxiety into a gift. And the trial we went through gifts us with true confidence rather than the false bravado of "naturals."
Learning to identify this "Red Zone," how to breath through it, handle the emotions that come up and trust your natural impulses to guide you is the core of how I teach improv and how I work with our social confidence bootcamp. As an experienced coach I see the patterns you use to disguise your anxiety: from both yourself and others and gradually guide you to face the fear and develop new patterns.
The practicality of breaking bad habits and forming healthy patterns is teachable through our three month coaching program "The Confidence Habit" and you can experience the first steps in our social confidence bootcamp this Sunday at KIT Klub. You will become a person whose natural calm inspires others to open up and become better versions of theirselves, reducing conflict, tension and allowing for peace to enter your life.
Early-Bird Price ends today. Join us and watch yourself fly.