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According to Murali Doraiswamy, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, “If you train yourself to breathe a little bit slower it can have long-term health benefits” including “potentially decreasing inflammation, improving heart health, boosting your immune system and maybe even improving longevity.”


There is an old Chinese Proverb – ‘Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.’ There are a number of similar quotes but this is one that has stuck with me.

Once you stop avoiding what you are scared of you not only feel great when you succeed, but I realised I actually didn’t feel as bad as I thought I would when things didn’t go to plan. Cutting out the word ‘failure’ also helps – as it is such an absolute word. I had not failed, I was still trying.


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