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Geek Therapy Intervention: Don't be Lasagna! (Calming)

Title slide saying "Don't Be Lasagna" with a picture of lasagna on it
"Don't Be Lasagna" - Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi)

Stop. Take a moment and just feel how you are breathing. Are you breathing more from the chest area or the stomach (diaphragm). Are your breaths longer and fuller, or shorter and shallower? Just the way you're breathing can have an impact on the stress you're experiencing. Today we will blend the wisdom of mental health research with the quirky, eyebrow-infused advice of the Twelfth Doctor himself. So, grab your sonic screwdriver and learn how to not be lasagna.


While the Twelfth Doctor has no shortage of strange advice, he conveys some very valuable information with the help of a new acquaintance during a miniaturization process:


JOURNEY BLUE: Okay, listen up. Now, remember, do not hold your breath when the nanoscaler engages. You'll feel like you want to, but you must keep breathing normally during the miniaturization process.

CLARA: Why?

DOCTOR: Ever microwaved a lasagna without pricking the film on top?

CLARA: It explodes.

DOCTOR: Don't be lasagna.

-Into the Dalek (season 8, episode 2, 2014)


Picture this: you're stressed, overwhelmed, and feeling like you're about to explode, much like an un-pricked lasagna in a microwave. How many times have you caught yourself holding your breath? Recent research suggests that one of the most effective ways to combat stress is as simple as breathing. Yes, you heard it right – good old-fashioned breathing, just like the Doctor ordered.


Geeky Interpretation: So, what can we learn from the Doctor's quirky wisdom? Much like the lasagna in the microwave, our stressed-out minds can feel the pressure building up. Holding our breath, whether metaphorically or literally, only increases the internal tension. Instead, we should embrace the art of breathing, allowing the stress to dissipate like the steam from a freshly microwaved lasagna.


The Nanoscaler of Stress: Think of stress as your personal nanoscaler, miniaturizing your peace of mind with every overwhelming thought. By breathing normally, you're not only preventing the stress lasagna from exploding, but you're also navigating the miniaturization process with grace and serenity.


Breathing Exercises for Time Lords and Companions: Now, let's get practical! Here are a few geek therapy breathing exercises inspired by the Doctor:


  1. Regeneration Breaths: Inhale deeply for four counts, hold for four counts, and exhale for four counts. Repeat until you feel your stress levels dropping faster than the TARDIS through the time vortex.

  2. Sonic Breathing: Inhale slowly, imagining the soothing hum of the sonic screwdriver. Exhale with a sense of release, letting go of stress and negativity. Repeat until your mind feels as sonic as the Doctor's favorite tool.

  3. Reverse (Breathe) the Polarity: Inhale as you envision stepping into the TARDIS. Hold your breath as you travel through time, and exhale as you arrive at a place of calm and tranquility. Repeat until you've journeyed far away from stress.


Conclusion: In the ever-changing universe of our minds, stress is an inevitable companion. However, armed with the Doctor's advice and a deep understanding of the importance of breathing, we can navigate the twists of life with resilience and serenity. So, dear readers, remember: when in doubt, don't be lasagna – just breathe!



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