SOOTHES STRESS: 5 deep breaths

First For Women - - Health -

Blood lev­els of car­bon diox­ide (CO2) dip in the early af­ter­noon, dis­rupt­ing ner­vous sys­tem func­tion and lead­ing to an uptick in stress and anx­i­ety. The sim­ple Rx? Take a deep belly breath and hold it for as long as you com­fort­ably can. Slowly ex­hale, then re­peat four times. A Bel­gian re­search team says this trick nor­mal­izes CO2 lev­els within 60 sec­onds to cut edgi­ness and anx­i­ety by up to 63 per­cent.

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