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Stress can intensify the symptoms of psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety.
To combat the harmful effects of stress, we must do more than distract ourselves with TV or video games. We need to activate our body’s natural relaxation response. This creates a physical state of deep rest that changes our body’s reactions to stress.
By triggering a relaxation response, our:
One of the best methods for activating the relaxation response is breathing. There are several easy breathing techniques that can be done nearly anywhere. Some, such as the Quieting Response, take only a few seconds to do.
This technique uses deep breathing with visualization to halt sudden increases in stress – and takes fewer than ten seconds to complete.
Repeat this exercise anytime you notice an increase of stress or just want to feel more peaceful.
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