Here are two tips from HeartMath that have worked for thousands of people:
Tip 1 – Heart-Focused BreathingTM – Reduce Stress and Anxiety
HeartMath research has shown that heart-focused breathing can help you quickly reduce stress. Itís especially helpful during times of crisis, or whenever you experience anger, anxiety or emotional overload. Heart-focused breathing exercises help you shift stress-producing attitudes and reset your stress set point.
Itís easy to do and takes only a few minutes .Just imagine your breath passing in and out through your heart area or the center of your chest. Envision yourself taking a time out to refuel your system by breathing in an attitude of calm and balance (like breathing in an emotional tonic to take the rough edges off). The key to making this exercise effective is to generate the true feeling of calm and balance as you breathe in and out through your heart area. You can substitute calm and balance at times with breathing the feeling of appreciation or compassion (or whatever soothing attitude you choose to breathe). This can be done in a quiet place or while walking, jogging, and even in a conversation once you get familiar with it. Itís very helpful for reducing anxiety, anger and mild depression. Read about more Attitude Replacements.
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