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Breathing v. Stress

The NYT illustrates some approaches to  controlled breathing:

Controlled breathing…has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.

Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.

Take a Breath

From my blog on PsychologyToday.com – Crisis Knocks:

One of the simplest ways to begin coping in a crisis, or to just get through the stresses of an ordinary day, has been there all along: Breathe.  Dorothy could’ve gotten home long ago with the help of her ruby slippers; you may find that simply breathing, with focus and attention, helps more than you imagine…

“B is for Breathe” in an ongoing series, Crisis Coping from A to Z.