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In his book, “Think Good, Feel Good,” Professor of Child and Family Mental Health at the University of Bath, Dr. Paul Stallard, suggests doing a brief breathing exercise whenever a quick solution is needed to reduce stress. You can use this method anywhere when you suddenly start to become tense or angry – others won’t even realize what you are doing! Here is what you do:

Slowly draw in a deep breath. Hold it for five seconds. Then, let it out very slowly. As you breathe, say to yourself “Relax.” Repeat this a few times to help you regain control of your body and help you to feel calmer.

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