Born in India and raised in Canada, Cara E. Yar Khan has always loved helping people in need, spending time with loved ones, traveling and Latin dancing. Leveraging a knack for languages and a curiosity for different cultures, she earned a Master’s degree in public policy and went on to live in Ecuador, Panama, Angola, China, Madagascar, Mozambique, Thailand and Haiti. At age 30, she was diagnosed with a rare muscle-wasting disease. Nevertheless, she continues to live an active life and shatter the stereotypes of people with disabilities. Today, she works at the International Human Trafficking Institute, an initiative of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
At times, our bodies can kick into a fight or flight response and our systems become activated – seemingly outside of our control. As scary as these moments can be, there are things you can do to physiologically return to a more grounded place. If you’re feeling the telltale signs of fear responses (increased heart rate, shallow breathing, tightness in muscles, etc.) try out one or a few of these exercises.