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Take a deep (belly) breath

Deep breathing works to calm your nervous system and bring your body’s systems back into balance.

STEP ONE.

Take a slow deep breath in through your nose. Allow your belly to soften, making room for your lungs to expand more fully as you breath in. Put your hand on your belly and feel it rise as your lungs fill with air.

If you’d like, you can close your eyes. The goal is to allow your belly to feel soft and expansive.

STEP TWO.

Exhale slowly through your mouth. Focus on how your body feels as you let go of the breath. Feel the relaxation in your back muscles, down into your legs, in your neck and across your entire body.

STEP THREE.

Repeat until you feel a sense of calm and you are ready to reconnect with your day.

Deep belly breathing is not just a good idea. There’s a science to it.