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Almost everyone can benefit from relaxation techniques, which can help slow your breathing and focus your attention. Common relaxation techniques include meditation, mindfulness, focusing on the present, progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi and yoga. More-active ways of achieving relaxation include walking in nature outdoors or participating in sports or regular physical activity.
It doesn't matter which relaxation technique you choose. Select a technique that works for you and practice it regularly.
April 08, 2022
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