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STRESS-BUSTERS

So, how do you combat anxiety? Research shows that one easy way is to just breathe deeply. Here’s why it’s effective and how you do it…

TAKE CONTROL BY BREATHING

WHY IT WORKS

In 1970, Harvard Medical School cardiologist, Dr Herbert Benson, researched a technique to induce an opposing reaction to the ‘stress response’ – that feeling of anxiety we get that comes from being constantly triggered into fight-or-flight mode by the stressors of modern-day life. He found that we can invoke a ‘relaxation response’ instead, which counteracts the ‘stress response’ through our breath, and the first step is by simply breathing deeply. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness and tai chi all help with stress – and breath is the one factor that connects them all.

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