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  • Patricia Ptak, MA, LPC

Breathe your way to calm

As babies, we breathe deeply in our bellies. We lose this ability when we become older and subject to more stress and the demands of daily life. Breathing deeply helps us to feel relaxed and centered, rather than anxious.

Breathing deeply allows your mind to stay present, on the here and now rather than wandering off to a distressing memory or idea.

Take a deep breath for a count of 6, hold it softly for 2 counts and gently exhale through the nose for 7 counts.

Remember to be mindful of your breaths that follow.

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