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4. Breathe from Your Belly

Most people breathe from the upper chest—which delivers about a teacup of air to the lungs. Making sure your abdomen expands when you breathe helps you deliver eight times the amount of oxygen to your brain—which stimulates the longer, slower brain waves associated with relaxation and a calm state of mind. To teach yourself the technique, lie down and rest one palm on your abdomen just below your belly button. As you inhale, imagine the breath traveling deep into your belly and let the air inflate your abdomen so you feel your hand rise. Allow the air to seep out until you are completely empty, then inhale again to make your hand and belly rise.

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