April is Stress Awareness Month

One way to observe Stress Awareness Month is by practicing deep breathing. Breathing exercises can be an effective way to deal with stress and turn off negative thoughts in your mind. Here are some tips for deep breathing.

  1. Get comfortable. You can lie on your back in bed or on the floor with a pillow under your head and knees. Or you can sit in a chair with your shoulders, head, and neck supported against the back of the chair.

  2. Breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air.

  3. Breathe out through your nose.

  4. Place one hand on your belly. Place the other hand on your chest.

  5. As you breathe in, feel your belly rise. As you breathe out, feel your belly lower. The hand on your belly should move more than the one that's on your chest.

  6. Take three more full, deep breaths. Breathe fully into your belly as it rises and falls with your breath.

For more information, please visit

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-relief-breathing-techniques#1 https://nationaltoday.com/stress-awareness-month/

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