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I can sit, relax, and become still.
When I focus
on slow belly breathing,
it makes me feel calm.

Doing breathing exercises everyday is a calming practice and a healthy behavior. It's often referred to as "being mindful", or "mindfulness".

By breathing for several minutes or more, you will increase the oxygen in your bloodstream, which helps you to become relaxed and think clearer.

When you breathe, you should make each breath deep, filling your whole belly. This is called diaphragmatic breathing. Remember to inhale slowly through the nose, and exhale slowly through the mouth. If you like you can close your eyes.

Beginners should practice counting each inhale and exhale in their mind, restarting the count after they reach ten. Inhale "1", exhale "2", inhale "3", exhale "4", and so on. Beginners can also practice scanning their body for tension, starting at the top of the head and going down the body. By scanning slowly, you can stop to consider tense muscles and relax them.

You can practice each day by taking one minute to be still and breathe before you eat. You can also take a slow deep breath here and there throughout each day.

"Everyday I can sit, relax, breathe and be calm."

What happens to our body when we breath?

A cute little breathing song for the young kids:

Reference article from Harvard Medical School, "Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response".
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