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Breathing Exercises
One of the best ways to calm yourself down when you feel your blood begin to boil is to simply stop what you're doing and take a deep breath. Many times, we take breathing for granted, but by concentrating on the simple act of taking in and letting out air, you can actually decrease tension in your body and relieve anxiety.

The practice of deep breathing can also increase your energy, according to Dr. Woodson Merrell, author of Power Up: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Revitalize Your Health and Feel 10 Years Younger. He recommends taking breathing breaks to focus on your breath for about two minutes every hour on the hour. "It makes a dramatic difference in lowering down the level of stress and calming your nervous system," Dr. Merrell says.

Try this introductory breathing exercise!

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