We know that deep breathing relieves stress. But have you tried alternate-nostril breathing? It's particularly relaxing and easy to do once you've tried it. Sit comfortably, cross-legged on the floor. Place the index and middle fingers of your right hand on your forehead. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale deeply, keeping your mouth closed. Before exhaling, release the right nostril and close the left nostril with your ring finger and exhale slowly. Then inhale, close the right nostril again and exhale completely through the left. Alternate nostrils for three minutes. You'll feel content with the world.
More breathing tricks that reduce stress:
- Breathe Like a Baby
- De-Stress—Little (or No!) Movement Required
- Stress Relief Is Just a Chew or a Spray Away