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Slow Breathing Exercise

By Lauren McDonald

We rarely stop to consider this but our breathing patterns reflect our physical and mental state. Modifying breathing patterns can therefore be an effective way to tackle stress and anxiety.

When you're relaxed, you tend to breathe deeply and slowly, but when you're stressed, your breathing can become rapid and shallow. A relaxed breathing rate is around ten to twelve breaths each minute; breathing more frequently than this may indicate distress or anxiety.

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