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While we have a natural “fight or flight” stress response that can be useful in certain stressful or dangerous situations, the influx of stress hormones can be quite troublesome when they become a learned response to the day-in and day-out stressors that present themselves on a regular basis.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a practice that helps us to combat daily stress by invoking a relaxation response that can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure (Harvard Health Publications, 2015). There are a number of different breathing techniques that can produce the same calming effect and ultimately revitalize our energy and have us feeling more at peace.

Deep Breathing Exercises handout

Reference: Harvard Health Publications. (2015). Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response