When your emotions run high, breathing speeds up, too. Slowing your breathing down relaxes tense muscles, bringing shoulders down from ears, calms roiling emotions, and helps disarm the hormonal cascade within the body that feeds anxiety.
Just five minutes of deep breathing can calm you effectively.
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A few quick ways to take holiday stress down, relax and invoke your calmer self:
Moving to do just about any exercise boosts your mood and manages your anxiety.
Just going for a walk can balance your emotions and provide positivity.
Many relatives would tread into topics that are going to raise your blood pressure. Diffuse inflaming conversations and remain your calm self.
How it’s done: This one begins with a long, slow inhale, followed by a quick, powerful exhale generated from the lower belly. Once comfortable with the contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale (all through the nose) every 1 to 2 seconds, for a total of 10 breaths.
When it works best: When it’s time to wake up, warm up or start looking on the brighter side of things