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iVillage.com: 15 Easy and Natural Stress Busters That Work

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Hold Your Breath

Talk about a vicious cycle: When you’re stressed to the max, you naturally breathe more quickly and shallowly, exhaling lots of carbon dioxide. As your blood levels of carbon dioxide plummet, your central nervous system becomes confused, triggering even more anxiety! To nix nervousness fast, inhale deeply, then hold your breath for as long as you comfortably can. According to Stanford University researchers, your carbon dioxide levels will quickly creep back up to normal range, calming your central nervous system and cutting your edginess and anxiety in half. Then to prevent future anxiety flare-ups, holistic medicine physician Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, suggests focusing on breathing slowly and deeply whenever you’re surrounded by bedlam.

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