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I heard that a good breathing exercise will relieve us from stress. what is the correct procedure for a that and whatis the best time?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
4-7-8 breath: Yes, breathing exercises can help relieve stress by balancing sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. You can sit on a chair for this, or on the floor if you like. Practice 2 times/day. Here's a link to an explanation & demonstration of this method: http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/vdr00112/the-4-7-8-breath-benefits-and-demonstration.Html.
Dr. Shirlene Moten
Family Medicine 32 years experience
See Below!: Breathing exercises to relieve stress are good to do at anytime, especially when feeling stressed. They are effective because they 1st provide a distraction. Oxygen is also life and needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body, it provides additional energy for the heart, brain and blood vessels. Breathe in, hold 10 secs, then breathe out through pursed lips. Wow! i feel better!

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Last updated May 2, 2016

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