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Take A Few Moments

Updated on October 5, 2012

We've all had "one of these days". Very few take the time to just relax and de-stress or unwind. Most will use the excuse they just don't have the time with all that goes on in their daily lives, full workday, boss/co-workers get on your nerves, taking care of your children, running your errands, and lets not forget financial stress.

Relaxation is important in our daily lives. It decreases mental and physical wear and tear. Relaxing allows us to recharge. Just taking 10 minutes a day to de-stress can make a big difference.

Abdominal Breathing Technique

With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure.

The great thing about this breathing technique is that you can do it anywhere. At your desk, on the couch, at the end of the day, in your bed, whenever you have time to just breathe.


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