EMB #193: Reduce stress with breathing 1

Reduce stress with breathing and nutrition with my guest Dr. Cynthia Ackrill. Dr. Ackrill earned her B.S. at Duke University and M.D. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and practiced primary care medicine for over a decade. She then spent another 10 years studying brain mapping, neurofeedback, and biofeedback for a variety of mood and behavior challenges, including stress. Fascinated by how humans struggle with behavior choice and change, she went on to certify in wellness coaching and leadership coaching.

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Show Notes:

  • How Cynthia handled stress the wrong way herself
  • 10 years of studying the brain
  • Using breath work to reduce stress
  • How you can shift the physiology of the brain by breathing properly
  • How to slow your breath down when you are stressed out
  • Cynthia actually takes us through a breathing exercise
  • She uses the 5-5-5 method
  • 5 seconds to breath in, 5 second hold, 5 seconds to breath out
  • Ask yourself, how is your breathing: mentally, physically and mentally
  • Ask yourself what you need at this moment
  • Ask yourself, who do you want to be at this moment
  • Manage your energy levels
  • We need to disrupt being busy
  • ‘beings busy is mindless’
  • Breathing is both voluntary and involuntary
  • We naturally breath faster when stressed out
  • When we breath faster we usually breath with the top of our lungs


  • Nourish your mind and body with food when you’re stressed out
  • the more stressed the less we tend to eat, however the more stressed the more out body needs nutrients
  • being stressed takes blood away from the frontal lobe and puts it in our legs
  • Develop a habit of putting nutrients in your body when you’re stressed out
  • look to prevent, use food to nourish your body when you know you’re going into a stressful situation

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