4. Your mind and brain need a breather
Taking a few moments out of the daily grind is essential to reduce stress, which makes you vulnerable to illness.
Ways to give your mind and brain a “time out” include breathing exercises and meditation, suggests Dr. Gregory Lewis Fricchione, director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
You can elicit a “relaxation response” by performing diaphragmatic breathing, in which you hold your breath for a second, then slowly exhale through the mouth while focusing on a word or phrase, notes Fricchione.
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