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I’ve been diagnosed with cancer. What are some breathing exercises I can do to relax?

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To relax, find a quiet, comfortable place. Try to block out troubling thoughts.

  • Two-minute relaxation: Take deep breaths, exhaling slowly. Mentally scan your body, and loosen tense areas. Let all your muscles relax.
  • Mind relaxation: Close your eyes. Breathe normally through your nose. As you exhale, silently say the word "one." Continue for 10 minutes.
  • Deep breathing relaxation: Find a spot that you imagine to be just below your navel, and breathe in. Let the air fill you from the stomach up.

From: Coping With Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: ''Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life.'' National Cancer Institute: ''Advance Directives.''

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: ''Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life.'' National Cancer Institute: ''Advance Directives.''

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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