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Wow-To: Balloon Breathing

Did you know that mindful breathing is a wonderful way to calm your nerves? The basic idea is to make yourself very, very aware of your breathing and then use it to calm yourself down anytime you need to. Here’s wow…


Step 1: Start by taking a slow, thoughtful breath in through the nose, imagining that there is a balloon inside your stomach.

Step 2: Pretend that you are inflating that balloon as you breathe in and deflating the balloon as you breathe out.

Step 3: Try to hold each breath inside for a few seconds before exhaling the breath slowly through the mouth.

Step 4: Repeat several times.