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Breathe out. Twice.

When we exhale, our heart beat slows down slightly, which is probably why long, deep exhalations are associated with relaxation and well-being.

If you are feeling anxious or tense, doing a few big exhalations can help.  Here’s how:

1)   Inhale deeply through your nose.

2)   Exhale completely through your mouth.  When you get to the bottom of your natural exhalation, try and exhale again, pushing any remaining air out.

3)   Repeat for seven or more breaths (most people start to feel significantly calmer around breath five).

My kids and I call this the “double breath;” Kids of all ages can be taught this technique to calm them when they are upset.  Happy breathing!

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