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How does breathing help stress?

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Breathing can measure and alter your psychological state, making a stressful moment increase or diminish in intensity. Often, people who are anxious or upset take shallow breaths and unconsciously hold them. By paying attention to your breathing, particularly exhaling during tense moments, you will feel more relaxed. Buy a bottle of inexpensive bubbles (in the toy section at most stores), and use it to learn how to exhale slowly. Breathing from your abdomen, blow through the bubble blower with a steady stream of breath. If you blow too hard or too softly, you won't get any bubbles. But smooth, steady breaths will produce a nice flow of bubbles. Use this breathing technique (without the bubbles) when you are feeling stressed

From: How to Manage Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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