Is there a simple, “do-anywhere” technique for easing tension?


Q: Is there a simple, “do-anywhere” technique for easing tension?

A: Many of us, especially when we’re under stress, tend to breathe poorly. We’re chest breathing. Less oxygen reaches our bloodstream and brain, our heart rate goes up, and we feel even tenser. Breathing more deeply-using your diaphragm muscle and breathing more slowly-induces a more appropriate carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange in your blood, which leads to a feeling of relaxation.