Take a breath — a deep one

Are you sitting down? No, it’s not bad news. There’s just something you should try: deep breathing. It doesn’t take long, and it’s a great way to de-stress.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Sit or lie down.
  2. Slowly count to four while you breathe in through your nose. Hold your breath for one second.
  3. Count to four again while breathing out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Repeat a few times.

It sounds simple, and it is. But there is also something complex at work. Deep breathing actually changes the chemical balance in your brain to help you feel more relaxed. Try it the next time you need to calm down.


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