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Music can change your emotional state. It can uplift you, sadden you, make you energetic or calm you down.

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Deep-breathing

Deep breathing has a direct calming effect on the nervous system.

  • Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth.
  • Breathe in slowly through you nose to the count of five.
  • Hold your breath to the count of seven.
  • Exhale slowly and audibly through pursed lips to the count of eight.

Physical exercise distracts you from an anxiety-provoking situation and starts a chain of chemical actions in the brain that calm and uplift the mind.

Our bodies are calmed by the presence of others with whom we can share our burdens. It gives us perspective to see new solutions to problems.

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Close your eyes for one minute and focus your mind on some calming cue, for example, a place that you go to relax... a beach... the mountains... and hold that image three times to the count of three. 

It will reduce your blood pressure and lower your heart rate.

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Deep, controlled breathing

It involves filling the lungs to the max and goes by various names like belly or diaphragmatic breathing.

It has been linked to improved cognitive performance, lower stress levels, and lower blood pressure.

A Simple Breathing Technique
  • Sit in a comfortable position.
  • Close your eyes and inhale slowly through your nose.
  • Exhale deeply.
  • Continue to breathe deeply and fully. Allow your breath to be a guide to the present.
  • With each breath in, think to yourself “be” and with each breath out, focus on the word “present. ”

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