Episode 12: Anxiety in Youth, Equipping Families and Schools to Combat Mental Health Challenges with David Bidler

little boy, hiding, sad

In the latest episode, I speak with David Bidler fitness coach and Founder of the Non-Profit Physiology First. The mission of Physiology First is to equip and empower youth in managing through stress and anxiety.

We cover the ever important topic of mental health, in particular with our youth. We discuss a variety of tips and tools that parents, students and schools can use to equip them to better understand the growing concern in how they feel, affirm the feeling to clearly understand what and why it might be happening and encourage youth that they can take control and sovereignty over there state.

We cover breathwork, fitness and state management for ways to combat the rising tide of youth stress and anxiety.

Physiology First (Non-Profit)

Website: www.physiologyfirst.org

Instagram: @physiologyfirst

The Distance Project:

Instagram: @The_distance_project

Materials and Information Referenced:


Art of Learning by Josh Waitzken


Tim Ferris https://tim.blog/podcast/


Stanford University – Dep of Neurology: Huberman Labs


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