In today’s world, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in your life, including you that wouldn’t say they’re stressed about something in their life. And while stress can sometimes be good, it can help you conquer fears or motivate you to get something done — when you’re constantly in a state of tension and anxiety, it can have a negative effect on your body’s physical, mental and emotional state. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 90 percent of all illness and disease is stress-related.
Here’s what to do:
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Breathing Exercises: From your bed, a desk, or anywhere stress finds its way, practice these techniques to help keep calm and carry on.
How it’s done: To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four (all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath). Got the basic down? More advanced can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal in mind: Calm the nervous system, increase focus, and reduce stress.
How it’s done: 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: 6 to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure.
How it’s done: To nix tension from head to toe, close the eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with the feet and toes, then move up to the knees, thighs, glutes, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw, and eyes—all while maintaining deep, slow breaths.
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