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3 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress Right Now

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1. Don’t Forget to Breathe

When we’re stressed, we often stake quick, shallow breaths instead of the deep, nourishing breaths that our bodies need to function best. Duck away for just a few minutes and try this simple deep breathing exercise:

  • Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor with the lights dim.
  • Inhale to a slow count of 8, letting your belly fill with air like a balloon.
  • Hold that breath for a slow count of 8, then exhale to a count of 4.
  • Repeat this cycle a few times until you feel relaxed and centered.

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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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