Take a deep breath

Tax time, long winter, have to find health care insurance, my car is not going to last much longer, my daughter needs braces, my boss wants this report in 2 days…all this leads to STRESS.

We all have it. It just is managed by some better than others. Proven techniques for stress management are meditation, tai chi and yoga. These three modalities put you in the present time. Stress is about tomorrow and sometimes yesterday. If you live each moment in the present – rather than yesterday or tomorrow – your stress is minimal.

Meditation is often thought to be too difficult to master. I want to offer you a simple technique which you can do at your desk, on the subway, or at home. It only takes a few minutes. It is called alternate nostril breathing.

Sit in comfortable position. Breath in and out through both nostrils slowly one time. Then place the fleshy side of your thumb on the right nostril and close it. Exhale and then inhale to the count of 9 through your left nostril. Close the left nostril with your in second finger and hold your breath for nine seconds. Release your thumb and exhale and then inhale through the right nostril to the count of nine.

This is one round. Do this nine times. Eventually try to get up to 27 rounds. And feel the peace surround you.

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