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Calming Your Anxious Feelings

Part of the Healthy Mind and Body All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you feel anxious all over, with sensations like sweaty hands, a shaky voice, a racing heart or an unsettled stomach, try a few relaxing breaths:

  1. Put your hand on your abdomen.

  2. Take a slow, deep breath through your nose and notice your abdomen expanding.

  3. Hold that breath for five or six seconds.

  4. Slowly breathe out through your mouth and let your shoulders drop.

  5. As you exhale, say the word ‘relax’ to yourself.

  6. Repeat this type of breath ten times.

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