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#4 Breathing

Deep abdominal breathing reduces stress.

Breathing is one of Mental care actions

Scientific evidence

People typically breathe 12 to 20 times a minute at rest. When stressed, people experience fast heart rate and shallow breathing. The diaphragm's range of motion is limited with shallow breathing, resulting in less than fully oxygenated air. Slow, deep breathing encourages full oxygen exchange, improving the chemical balance of the body.

Deep breathing also activates the nerve system and improves the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, driving heart rate down and lowering blood pressure. Deep breathing has been utilized as a major component of relaxation techniques for stress management, such as yoga and meditation for years.

What you can do with this knowledge


Don't be stressed trying to master proper breathing techniques. Just slow down your breathing and inhale and exhale as deep as you can.

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