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How to let off steam

(HealthDayNews) -- Is your stress-laden life wearing you down? Are there too many occasions when you feel your mind or body is racing out of control?

Here are some stress-busting techniques suggested by the University of Illinois McKinley Health Center:

  • Slow down your breathing to a 10-second cycle, six breaths a minute. Inhale for five seconds, then exhale for five seconds. Do this for 2-5 minutes or until your pace slows down.
  • Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Visualize yourself lounging on a white, sandy beach, or watching the sunset, or relaxing in the shower.
  • Focus on something peaceful and beautiful in your immediate surroundings. It can be a blade of grass, a painting, a color or anything that soothes you. Concentrate on the beauty and allow it to slow you down.
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