TIP Your Temperature

A fast-acting technique for reducing distress

This technique activates the human dive reflex to reduce our physiological distress by emulating diving into cold water. It uses an in-built mechanism of slowing down our heart rate to reduce oxygen consumption. We can hack this reflex to stop a panic attack in its tracks by submerging our face in cold water or applying an ice pack across our sinuses and holding our breath with our head between our knees. That calms our distress down, fast.

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