If you're feeling a little stressed, just take a deep breath. It might be all you need to calm your day.
Here's why deep breathing helps so much.
Deep breathing activates the body's natural relaxation response. The American Institute of Stress says deep breathing decreases your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension. It also helps balance your creative right brain and with your detail oriented left brain -- forcing them to work together so you can be present in the moment.
And to prove that even a few deep breaths can improve your mood and de-stress, try alternate nostril breathing.
It can be done anytime, anywhere and ideally should be done for two minutes.
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