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How breathing can calm us

Instead of trying to think yourself out of feeling anxious, you can do something more specific: breathe slow or fast, in a particular rhythm, or through a nostril; this can work as an instant relief.

A regular breathing practice will help you feel calmer in daily situations, but studies suggest that focusing on your breathing in moments of acute stress could also be useful.

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Many of the techniques that have been formally researched are derived from pranayama, yogic breathing that dates back to ancient India:

The way we breathe can set off a cascade of physical changes in the body that promote either stress or relaxation.

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