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Will doing deep slow breathing help if you are depressed?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
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In brief: Meditation can help

Meditation can allow some relief from distressing emotions like depression.
In 1975, a harvard physician, herbert benson, described "the relaxation response, " a meditative technique that relies upon breathing comfortably and naturally. The national institutes of health also recognizes the relaxation response as having broad health benefits including the reduction of pain and restoration of sleep.

In brief: Meditation can help

Meditation can allow some relief from distressing emotions like depression.
In 1975, a harvard physician, herbert benson, described "the relaxation response, " a meditative technique that relies upon breathing comfortably and naturally. The national institutes of health also recognizes the relaxation response as having broad health benefits including the reduction of pain and restoration of sleep.
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