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Understanding and Dealing With Stress

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Quick Fixes to Physical Effects of Stress: Breathe!


We all know how to breathe, but getting the most from each breath during a stressful time can relax your muscles, decrease your heart rate, and eventually lower your blood pressure. Try these different techniques when you have the time (and space) to do so. As you become more comfortable with these exercises (or other exercises that help you relax), incorporate them into your everyday routines.

Print this page, or print the Adobe PDF version, and remember to do these exercises when you feel stressed.

Breath Counting

Belly Breathing

*Note: If you ever feel dizzy during this exercise, stop! Try again with shorter and fewer breaths. If you continue to have difficulty, you may want to contact a doctor, nurse, of physical therapist.

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