The mobile app Tactical Breather developed by the military to train soldiers to remain calm in life-or-death situations has a familiar mantra:

Tactical Breather“I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” — Frank Herbert, Dune

It turns out that you don’t need to be a eugenically engineered Bene Gesserit monk to learn amazing levels of self-control.  Through repetitive practice and training, anyone can learn to gain control of your heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to your body during stressful situations.

Although these techniques were developed primarily for the warfighter during intense combat situations, anyone can benefit from the ideas taught in this application to help with nearly any stressful situation in life.

The app teaches you the deceptively simple 4-4-4-4 breath technique.  Inhale for count of 4, hold count of 4, exhale count 4, hold count 4, repeat.  This will trigger a relaxation response within seconds, but more importantly as you practice this technique over days and weeks, it becomes an automatic reflex for stressful situations, like dealing with production outages or screaming toddlers…I mean screaming users.

Download the free app on Google Play to learn military-grade Bene Gesserit skillz.

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