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Recorded while walking to jump into The Great Salt Lake in February
If you’re struggling with your mood, listen closely to what I discuss in this recording. It contains an introductory synthesis of some powerful ways to reboot and upgrade the foundation of your body’s emotional hardware.
January 2020 was incredibly tough for me. Multiple disappointments came all at once, and I found myself in intense emotional pain. Placed on the backdrop of a lifelong tendency toward anxiety anyway, and you have the perfect emotional storm.
But the gift and the blessing was that the pain made me insanely motivated to change my emotional trajectory and rebuild my nervous system from the ground up. The further gift and blessing was that the most urgent tools fell into my lap (thank you, universe) right when I needed them. I’m voraciously consuming the information and have started implementing strategies to reboot my nervous system so I’m not so damn anxious all the time.
And it’s actually working. Hence, this video. It’s an introduction to a multimodal approach to transforming myself emotionally. (For good, this time!) The process is a physical reset and rebuild of the autonomic nervous system. It involves physical stress interventions (such as hyperventilating and jumping in ice water Wim Hof style), nutrition and physical health, cognition, social engagement, and spirituality.
After jumping in the ice cold water of the Great Salt Lake, I wrote this quick snippet in my journal:
“I actually feel really, really good. Like, really good. I took a dip in the Great Salt Lake today Wim Hof style, just after expounding on the causes of anxiety and unhappiness.”
I basically show you one key to happiness and then display it in action. So, watch my process if you want to hear about how I’m kicking depression’s ass. It might help you too. I believe it will.
I know several people who are also struggling at this time. Pass this on as a gift to those you know, because we could all use a boost!
- Autonomic Nervous System
- Polyvagal Theory
- Mind-Body Connection
- Lifelong Anxiety
- Enteroception and Neuroception
- Vagus Nerve
- Sympathetic Nervous System