Illustration by Tanya Burr

We all inhale and exhale thousands of times per day. But did you know that you can use different breathing methods to fall asleep, wake up, feel safe, de-stress before a big presentation or exam, or focus when you’re working down to the wire? From “alternative nostril breathing” to “progressive relaxation,” check out these quick techniques for using your breath to relax.

Do it Today: Take deep, slow abdominal breaths to calm down in a stressful situation.

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Breathe In:

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