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A simple way to manage stress
Wednesday, 22 April · 2 min read

Feeling stressed can change the way you breathe. It can lead to faster, more shallow breathing and can sometimes result in dizziness and even more stress.

But a simple deep breathing exercise can help you calm down.

To start, make sure you’re sitting comfortably and relax your neck, chest and shoulders. Then do the following:

  • breathe in gently through your nose (so your tummy expands but your shoulders remain still)
  • breathe out slowly through your mouth
  • count to 2 as you breathe in again, then count to 4 when you breathe out
  • do this for 3 to 5 minutes

Repeat this exercise regularly to get better at controlling your breathing whenever you feel stressed.

You’ll get the most benefit by making this a part of your everyday routine.

Quote of the day

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Why the confusion around masks?

When it comes to wearing a face mask in public the advice is conflicting -- and can cause confusion.

The World Health Organization says there’s still no need to wear one if you’re healthy while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should cover your face when you go out.

One thing everyone agrees on is that proper face masks should be saved for people on the frontline, like healthcare workers, as they need them most.

This video by the BBC explains the science behind the confusion.