Deep Breathing – A Fundamental Part of Stress Reduction

Breathing techniques can help us relax and reduce stress and anxiety. Simply slowing our breathing rate can reduce arousal in our autonomic nervous system. Elissa Epel, Ph.D., psychiatry professor at UC San Francisco, demonstrates a simple three-part breathing technique that can help with stress and sleep. Try this four times in a row each day. It can be done upon waking, during a break, or before bed (or during insomnia!).
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