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Why do i feel butterflies?

You’re waiting for a first date, or you’re about to give an important presentation, and you start feeling strange, like there is butterflies flying around your stomach.

Well, it turns out that this is stress. Your body is preparing you for a stressful situation. I am not going to go into the science here, you can find that out in the videos below.

Instead, here are a few things you can do to feel slightly less stressed.

Sit with the feeling. Don’t try and frantically push the feeling down, because that will make it come back stronger. Acknowledge it and respond to it gently. These exercises will tell your brain to calm down:

Take deep breaths, in through the nose and out the nose. Count to 5 when you breathe in, hold your breath for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds.

Soften your eyes. Sounds weird but try it. Scrunch up your eyes and open them slowly. Repeat that a few times.

Yarn. Pretend you are yarning – open your mouth wide, make the sound and everything. (This is what dogs do to calm down. Pretty cool, right?)

If you are feeling the stress in your shoulders, lean into it. Scrunch up your shoulder to your ears, scrunch up your face, hold it for 5 seconds, and let go. Repeat.

Hang in there.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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YouTube

Great
reads

You Are Not Your Brain by Jeffery M. Schwarts
Two neuroscientists explain how their 4-Step Method can help break destructive thoughts and actions and change bad habits for good.

How To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera
LePera presents revolutionary approach to healing that harnesses the power of the self to produce lasting change.

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today’s world.

Great
Films

Richard Jewell
Frank, a single man raising his genius niece, Mary, gets into a legal battle with his mother, Evelyn, over her custody. However, Evelyn will do anything to make Mary complete her mother's project.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie is an introvert. When he moves to a new school he has to face his fear: making new friends

Silver Linings Playbook
Pat, who is sent to a mental health facility after brutally attacking his wife's lover, walks out of the centre after eight months and meets Tiffany in a bid to mend ways with his wife.

Spotify

Here is a playlist you might enjoy, or even bring you some comfort when you are not feeling so great.

Podcasts

Dyl & Friends
This episode Dyl talks to one of the world's most renowned big wave surfers and Australia's own, Mark Mathews.

The Imperfects
This podcast is dedicated tobeing ope, honest and most of all vulnerable. Join Hugh, Ryan and their guest as they celebrate what makes them imperfect.

Fear Itself
This podcast chats to notable people about what they fear the most. Sounds great, doesn't it?

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