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How can relaxation exercises help treat my stress and asthma?

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Relaxation exercises combine deep breathing, releasing of muscle tension, and clearing of negative thoughts. If you practice these exercises regularly, you can use them to lessen the negative effects of stress. Relaxation exercises include diaphragmatic and pursed lip breathing, imagery, repetitive phrases (repeating a phrase that triggers a physical relaxation, such as "relax and let go"), and progressive muscle relaxation.

From: Stress and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Stress: How to Cope Better with Life's Challenges." The National Women's Health Information Center: "Stress and Your Health."  Barclay, L. , June 2007.
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SOURCES:  American Academy of Family Physicians: "Stress: How to Cope Better with Life's Challenges." The National Women's Health Information Center: "Stress and Your Health."  Barclay, L. , June 2007.
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Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

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