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Which Breathing Exercise Will Chill You Out Right Now?

When life has you stressing out- a few deep breaths can calm you right down. Which breathing exercise will chill you out right now? Take these 10 quiz questions and discover your path to peace.
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How physically active are you?
Not very, I work at a desk all day.
I'm on my feet most of the time, but I don't work out.
I work out at least a few times a week.
I never work out but am pretty mobile otherwise.

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Which sound is most calming to you?
Ocean waves
A rain storm
Crickets
Birds chirping
Wind chimes

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Which smell is your favorite?
Lavender
Fresh cut grass
Fresh laundry
Soap
Vanilla cupcake

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Do you experience racing thoughts?
Yup, once they get going they don't stop.
Only when I'm nervous about something.
Never, but I do get anxious sometimes.

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Choose a calming color:
Lavender
Blue
Pink
Sage green
Soft pink

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Does creating something with your hands, like arts and crafts, make you happy?
Always
Sometimes
Never

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Which kind of therapy do you need right now?
Chocolate therapy
Art therapy
Music therapy
Massage therapy
Talk therapy

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Do you often ask yourself questions such as "what if?"
Always
Sometimes
Never

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On a scale of 1-5 how stressed are you right now (5 being the most stressed?)
5
3
2
1

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What do you currently do to relieve stress?
Soak in a hot bath
Go for a walk
Meditate
Watch TV
Eat

Equal Breathing

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The breathing technique that will chill you out is equal breathing! Simply inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four (all through the nose). Once you become more advanced, you can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal. This type of breathing calms the nervous system, increases focus, and reduces stress. Who couldn't use that?

Abdominal Breathing

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The breathing technique that will chill you out is abdominal breathing! Place one hand on your chest and the other on the belly. Take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest), inflates with enough air to stretch the lungs. Take six to 10 deep slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day. You'll find instant calm!

Progressive Relaxation

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The breathing technique that will chill you out is progressive relaxation! Want to nix tension from head to toe? Close your eyes and focus on tensing and then relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with the feet and toes and slowly move up all the way to the eyes, all while maintaining slow deep breaths. You'll conquer stress and feel at ease in no time!

Alternate Nostril Breathing

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The breathing technique that will bring you chill is alternate nostril breathing! Sit comfortably and hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger and then exhale through the right nostril. Continue this pattern and feel the effects start to take hold!

Skull Shining Breath

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The breathing technique that will bring you chill is skull shining breath! Sit in a comfortable position and begin with a slow inhale followed by a very quick powerful exhale from the belly. Once comfortable with this contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale every two seconds. Take a total of 10 breaths and feel instantly at ease.
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