Between the snow and problems with public transit, this has been an incredibly stressful two weeks. The relaxation response is the body’s natural counter to the stress response. If start feeling stress creeping in, take a few minutes to try this mini relaxation breathing exercise from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
INHALE, pause- 1,2,3 EXHALE, pause, 1,2,3
- After each inhalation, pause and count: 1,2,3 (breath is held in)
- After each exhalation, pause and count: 1,2,3 (breath is let out)
- Do this for several breaths.