Grow: The Book Stress Management: When Wildfires Threaten … Do This First


The horizon around me was choked with dark smoke.

We were literally surrounded by five separate wildfires. I needed stress management and fast!

One of the longest, most respected scientific studies has shown that there is a STRONG correlation between proper breathing, stress management, and a long life.

According to that study, the No. 1 indicator of life expectancy is…

…well, you’d probably be better off just watching the latest video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.  In it, I explain all that, give detailed how-tos on various breathing techniques—and a whole lot more.

Watch the video for more on my story and how I overcame the stress of the situation. (Length: 21:22 minutes)

And, as I sat on the roof of my barn, I knew we were one wind shift away from having our property engulfed in flames.

We were ready to evacuate if the fires started coming our way. But until then, I focused on the one thing that could help me maintain a clear head, stay calm, and avoid stressing out…stress management!

I breathed. Deeply. In through my nose, filling my belly, then my chest, counting strategically, and then exhaling through my mouth.

Despite the circumstances, I could feel the increased oxygen jump-starting my brain. Whatever came next, I was ready.

Thankfully, that wind never shifted. The wildfires didn’t destroy our homestead. Our family and livestock were safe.

But I still remember that rooftop moment as a great (maybe extreme?!) example of a time when deep breathing helped me manage stress in a healthy way.

Proper breathing really can save your life.

  • What do you think? 
  • What’s your go-to in times of stress?
  • What are your favorite breathing tips?

Have you seen the other Grow Book videos?

I’m talking it out as I write it, and I’d love to get your feedback. You can see them here:

Grow Book Overview

Be Wealthy – Even If You’re Not Rich

Can You Be Healthy Eating From The Grocery Store?

What Toxins Are Hiding In Your Home?

Staying Healthy and Free—Even into Old Age!

How I Almost Lost My Leg!

I so appreciate you watching these videos and giving your feedback. So, please leave a comment below.

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Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of "homegrown food on every table." Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her "Grow Your Own Groceries" video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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  • CaptTurbo

    Great video Marjory. I do all I can to bring health from the ground and the breathing thing is so important to be all we can be.

  • Liana

    You are so awesome to share this knowledge. I know that oxygen is so good for the body and your suggestions are
    Great. I am anxious to purchase your book when it is finished.

  • Marsha

    Great video on breathing. Two technicalities (that won’t even show up in the text of the book) from your presentation: check out when to use ‘you and I’ and ‘you and me’ and how to pronounce Dr. Andrew Weil’s name (I’ve heard it two different ways). Good grammar and pronunciation add confidence (for me) in what you say.
    Way back when, during a particularly dark time, I still kept up with a simple set of exercises for flexibility. I discovered that the deeper breathing helped to lighten the depression.
    These days one of my ‘anywhere’ meditations is to visualize inhaling deeply from the power of the Sun and exhaling into the grounding of Mother Earth.
    Thanks for ALL you do to keep us centered on what is important.

    • Tina

      Barack Obana spoke clearly, yet I didn’t believe a word he said. Marjory speaks from heart, experience and is educated. I have followed her for 10 years…I will take her words over your words any day.

  • Caro

    Thanks a lot, I like to watch your video. They help me to stay focus on becoming better and keeping on building my little self-sufficient homestead.

  • Josie Dey

    I can tell by intuition your becoming No 1 bestseller with your new book. I love your segment on breathing. I have to review the rest of the segments. Thx for your generousity in sharing. God bless.

  • karen sillas

    I love you Marjory and all your ways to connect us to nature and the expansion of ourSelves and the planet. Let’s Garden on!

  • Frances Graham

    Thanks Marjory you look a picture of health – you must be doing it right!

  • Marjory, this is the first of your videos that I’ve seen. I cannot tell you how wonderfully hopeful it feels. You exude such calmness and peace. You’ve reminded me of the basics – like breathing is necessary to live, really live. I’m encouraged to pick up, slowly and patiently, the things I’d lost. Back on Feb 27th, I almost died. I had severe sepsis with lactic acidosis and hypotention. Spent days in ICU. I know there’s a reason I didn’t die. I just don’t know what it is. Finding you is a godsend, though. I’m quite sure this is the next step in healing. So much of what I’ve found is pounding and even fanatical. But not this. You are what you preach. Thank you, I love your whole approach. Ah…you treat us like equals, whose input is important. That’s a big key. Enough for now. I look forward to more.

    P.S. breathing on plants. I hadn’t ever thought of it.

  • cynthia pellusch

    Love it Marjory! I so need these reminders.

    Miss you. Cindy

  • Thank you Majory this was a very helpful video. It takes a lot to not just react but take a deep breath and then respond to whatever the challenge might be. I am also a flat breather rather then taking a lung full of air in, so when I am doing Yoga back exercises in the morning I am trying to breath deeply. The movement becomes more focused and I am relaxing much more. Also, when I am breathing consciously my mind does not wander off as it usually does. I love the idea of breathing on plants, sure that makes sense!

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