Lessons in Trust: The Role of Educational Leadership During a Respiratory Pandemic

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Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash

By David J Bidler

This school year is going to be hard. Whether you are teaching online, or returning to the classroom, the stakes have been raised to unprecedented heights.

Within the complexities and challenges of the Fall 2020 school year a more subtle problem runs a serious risk of being overlooked.

The most valuable link in the entire learning process is in jeopardy.

This link is trust.

I work with students of all ages through our nonprofit organization, Physiology First. …


Physiology First: A New and Necessary Approach to Stress and Anxiety Education

By David J Bidler

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(David J Bidler presenting the science of stress and anxiety management at a professional development training for teachers in Hoboken, New Jersey.)

Imagine this…

A new line of autonomous cars is released into the marketplace. They are running smoothly-at first.

Suddenly, several models experience a glitch.

Before long, over a quarter of these A.I powered automobiles are experiencing the same technical problem.

Engineers are dispatched onto the scene. …


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What Our Masks Revealed: How Covering our Faces is Uncovering a Deeper Health Problem in America.

by David J Bidler

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Photo by Anastasiia Chepinska on Unsplash

As a nation dons masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 a potentially greater health concern is being uncovered.

Most of us can’t breathe to begin with.

Covering the nose and mouth with a thin layer of fabric has caused reports of lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, anxiety, and panic.

To understand why this phenomena occurs-and what it reflects-we need to understand how human respiration works.

We breathe in oxygen.

We breathe out carbon dioxide.

Prior to being exhaled as a waste gas carbon dioxide performs a critical task-it enables us to actually use the oxygen that we take in. …


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Photo by Joseph Pearson on Unsplash

There are many reasons that a hot dog cart is not like a grammar school.

One is small and made of metal. It is used to distribute steaming links of mystery meat to people too busy to ask questions.

The other is larger and packs kids and teachers into an enclosed space for 7 hours at a time.

As we prepare to reintegrate into our communities following a 2 month quarantine due to COVID-19 it is important to recognize when one thing is not like another.

Places are different from one another.

People are different as well.

Which people should reintegrate into which places is the most important question that we need to ask in this moment. …


Stress Solutions for a Remote Workforce: A digital toolkit from Breathe to Perform

By David J Bidler

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Photo by Andras Vas on Unsplash

If you’re reading this, the chances are that your life just got flipped upside down.

I know mine has.

As I sit down to write this article we are more than one month into a national quarantine due to COVID-19. Businesses are closed indefinitely. Busy offices are quiet and empty. Millions of us are sitting in living rooms and working from laptops while trying to make sense of a strange new world.

We build systems for success and create routines for productivity. We are creatures of habit and we are social creatures. Neither trait is strengthened by the sudden isolation of quarantine-and our stress levels are at an all time high as a result. …


By David J. Bidler

“When there’s chaos outside, we must create order within.” — Adam Robinson

We are a nation in quarantine. Our routines have been disrupted. Our social ties have been reduced to Zoom meetings. Our lives have been turned entirely upside down.

We are facing a chaotic upheaval of our normal lives.

Chaos outside can cause chaos within us.

Stress hormones rise and heart rates increase. Our stomachs ache. We perspire. We begin to feel anxious.

Our bodies reflect the sudden changes in the world by changing-at times chaotically-in accordance.

Chaos both internally and externally, however, is a dangerous combination. It obstructs clarity and blocks a clear paths towards order. …


Stress Solutions for Teachers: A Digital Toolkit

by David J. Bidler

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Breath is the remote control to the brain. From our Breathe to Perform professional development seminar at Hoboken High School, NJ.

If you’re reading this, the chances are that your life just got flipped upside down.

You are working to take a craft that you’ve perfected in the classroom and scale it onto Zoom or another online learning portal.

You’re learning on the fly while working to teach students who are reeling from transition themselves.

The camaraderie of other faculty members and the social infrastructure of a school simply can’t be recreated online.

These are challenging times to do a challenging job.

This toolkit won’t change that.

What we aim to provide is a framework for understanding the underlying physiology of stress. …


Stress Solutions for Student Athletes: A Digital Toolkit

by David J. Bidler

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Our Breathe to Perform seminar for the team captains of Norwich University

If you’re reading this, the chances are that your life just got flipped upside down.

Your training routine has been disrupted.

Your season was cut short. The rules of the game changed unexpectedly-and the playing field feels anything but level.

Seeing your teammates on Zoom isn’t the same as seeing them in practice.

Motivation may be harder to maintain.

Nothing feels quite the same as it did a few months ago.

This toolkit won’t change that.

What it will do is give you some tools to approach each day with a clearer mind. …


Stress Solutions for Students: A Digital Toolkit

by David J. Bidler

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Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

If you’re reading this, the chances are that your life just got flipped upside down.

This toolkit won’t change that.

What it will do is give you some tools to approach each day with a clearer mind.

We hope it helps you take control of stress and feel your best when it matters most.

What is stress?

Stress is any physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension that we experience-whether positive or negative.

The positive stress of exercise strains muscles so they grow. Stress that exceeds our ability to effectively manage it can take a toll on our mental and physical health. …

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Breathe to Perform helps to improve health, fitness, and performance through better breathing. Professional development services for workplaces and teams.

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