Instant Zen

Life is full of stressors, from child-rearing and pandemic maneuvering to work deadlines and traffic. Fortunately, our body has a built-in superpower to cut stress on the spot. Science shows that diaphragmatic, or deep belly, breathing taps into the body’s natural relaxation response. It can slow the heart rate, stabilize or lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and even sharpen cognitive function. Like any exercise, the more you practice, the easier it gets. Here, find the basics of a deep breathing routine.

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