Abdominal breathing is a very simple but effective relaxation technique.

It involves taking a deep breath through your nose until you feel your abdomen rising and then exhaling completely until your abdomen falls.

Take several deep breaths and you will begin to feel relaxed as it slows your racing heart and calms your raging emotions enabling you to think clearly and perform efficiently under pressure.

Abdominal breathing is also a very convenient relaxation technique as it is discrete and can be done anywhere.

Therefore breathe deeply in deep traffic jams or when facing deadlines or dead in the middle of disagreements.

I believe that part of the reason that exercising and crying and laughing help people who are stressed feel better is because they all involve deep abdominal breathing therefore take deep breaths wherever and whenever stress strikes.

Adapted from Rules of Relaxation by Dr. Miriam Kinai © 2007. For more information click here.

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