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There are a variety of deep-breathing techniques experts recommend, but “the best research is behind six in, six out,” stress management expert Dr. Cynthia Ackrill told CNN in a prior interview.
Take a deep breath to a slow count of six, making sure that you can feel your stomach rise with your hand as it fills with air, explained Ackrill, an editor for Contentment magazine, which is produced by the American Institute of Stress.
“You want to use what is called soft belly breathing,” she said. “To soften your belly, let the diaphragm descend, push out on your belly a little bit and bring the breath down into that part.”
Release your breath to the same slow count of six. Pause and begin again. Repeat until you feel your body relax, Ackrill added.