Deep Breathing

This is an ideal way to calm down and relieve physical stress symptoms, such as racing heart and muscle tension. It works by stimulating the vagus nerve, which regulates your body’s natural relaxation response. In addition to the physical benefits, deep breathing can also help settle your mind. Try this easy exercise.

Sit in a comfortable position. Take a few deep, slow breaths and focus your mind on the sensations of breathing. Notice the rise and fall of your belly and how the fresh air enters your nostrils. To help your focus, try counting each breath. When your mind inevitably wanders, simply bring your attention back to your breath.

Stay Calm in the Storm

Living a life free of stress is a noble goal but ultimately an impossible one. No matter how hard we try, outside forces will interfere with a seemingly uneventful day and cause us some level of stress. Since stress is a normal part of all of our lives, however, we can all learn to become experts in managing how we deal with it. This Monday, when the storm of stress hits, ride it out!

Belly Breathing

When you’re faced with stressful situations, an effective way to calm down is by practicing deep abdominal breathing, sometimes called “belly breath.” It works by stimulating your body’s natural relaxation response, which helps relieve muscle tension as well as lower your heart rate and blood pressure. By focusing your thoughts on the sensations of breathing, […]

Sharpen Your Focus

Each workweek seems to start with an electronic barrage of emails, text messages and online posts. This added stimuli can scatter our attention, making it difficult to concentrate. With practice, however, you can learn to improve your focus and tune out distractions. Use this breathing exercise to help center your concentration.

Keep Calm and Breathe On

Engaging in deep abdominal breathing can counteract many of the body’s physical reactions to stress. This Monday and whenever you feel stressed, breath in and out to our brand new animated breathing graphics to help you feel instantly better and lower your stress levels!

6 GIFs to Help You Relax

Deep breathing can help you relax. Time your breath to these animated breathing graphics and notice how much better you feel afterwards.

Relax Your Mind & Body

Passive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a relaxation technique that uses the power of the mind to decrease the physiological response to stress. The Department of Integrative Health Programs at NYU Langone Medical Center created a 5-minute guided meditation to help you start the week feeling calm and relaxed.