Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other hand on your belly, below the ribcage.
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1. Allow your belly to relax, without forcing it inward by squeezing or clenching your muscles.
2. Breathe in slowly through your nose. The air should move into your nose and downward so that you feel your stomach rise with your other hand and fall inward (toward your spine).
3. Exhale slowly through slightly pursed lips. Take note of the hand on your chest, which should remain relatively still..
Do the exercise three times and work up to 5-10 minutes, 1-4 times a day to reduce stress.