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The 1 Thing You Can Do Right Now to Ease Anxiety

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Do you ever find yourself feeling anxious? The kids are running around the house while you’re trying to focus on work. You’re running late because you hit traffic on the highway. You’re in a meeting that’s stressing you out. I’m willing to bet that you feel anxious at least a couple times of day, and that anxiety can lead to poor choices — eating chocolate even though you gave up sugar, lacking focus to finish work, procrastinating on social media.

Simply changing the way you breathe for a couple of minutes could reduce the anxiety and stress you’re feeling right away. How? By focusing your energy on your breaths, you can actually begin to self-soothe and relieve stress.

When you start to feel overwhelmed, follow these steps:

  1. Close your eyes

  2. Take a deep breath in and hold it for 5 seconds

  3. Release and exhale

  4. Repeat the inhale and exhale motion while honing in on every breath. Let your mind release its thoughts and focus only on your breathing.

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