17 Proven Coping Strategies For Stress

13. Deep breathing is a proven coping strategy for stress

Breathing deeply helps to activate what Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School describes as the relaxation response. This results in deep rest. Deep breathing uses the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. It allows full lung expansion which allows adequate oxygen intake and reduced cortisol production.[19]

What to do: You can learn deep breathing from a trainer or audio-visual CDs and DVDs or you can download such information from the internet.
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