As a Breakthrough Breathing™ facilitator, I have spent years observing how others breathe, especially when they feel anxiety and stress. One of the things that I find fascinating is how those who suffer from panic attacks are breathing. A panic attack is generally forcing your exhalation. All of the emphasis is on pushing air out of the body.
In the deep breathing methods and techniques that I teach my coaching clients, the emphasis is on the inhale. Our effort is placed on pulling in as much oxygen into the body as possible. It's jet fuel for the human body, as every cell is nourished by oxygen. Techniques like Breakthrough Breathing™ are literally the antidote to panic attacks, anxiety and stress.
One of my most humbling and proudest successes as a Life Coach is working with an Iraqi war veteran who was literally on the front lines of the land invasion. He told me stories of being the gunner on the roof of his transport vehicle and having the responsibility of "removing" aggressive human obstacles in their way, for a lack of better terms.
As a result of his traumatic experience, he suffered from PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and often suffered panic attacks. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. His PTSD was so debilitating for him it eventually caused a heart attack in his early thirties. He came to me as a coaching client seeking support in managing his panic attacks, stress and anxiety. His life literally depended upon his getting help.
During our 3 month journey together, I taught him tools to help him manage his stress naturally, mostly using his own breath through breathing techniques that are incredibly powerful. We also work on his mindset and mental game, helping to create an internal power that helps carry him through the times where he feels challenged and down.
I am so deeply touched that he has not had a panic attack since we started working together. His life was so positively impacted that he is also now training with me to become a coach, because he feels called to help others who suffer from PTSD. He want to help them heal their wounds naturally and avoid being dependent upon pharmaceuticals as the only remedy for help.
I asked him to write a review of his experience and what he had to say brought me to tears. Here's what he had to say:
"Jonathan is truly working in his God given gift and that is what sets him apart. He is genuine, he is loving, he is trustworthy, he is my coach and mentor, but more importantly he is my friend. Thank you graciously Jonathan Winn. You have changed my life." -Heath