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Deep belly breathing increases lung capacity, increases oxygenation throughout the body, strengthens your immune system, and helps relieve stress.
Try counting to 8 as you breath in deeply and slowly through the nose, really contract the belly,
hold for a count of 4 & feel the pressure on the upper abdomen and spinal cord,
exhale for a count of 8 as you release all the intense thoughts and negative emotions
Try this for 4-8 cycles

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Have you been stressed out?  Crazy world got you down?  Stuck in bad traffic?  Late for an appointment?  Don’t fret.  Sometimes the best thing that you can do for your body during stressful times is to BREATHE DEEPLY.  Deep inhalation…..deep exhalation…..Deep inhalation…..deep exhalation.  Give it a try!  What do you have to lose??  -JR


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Breathing Awareness and Deep Breathing
1.      Lie down or sit in a comfortable chair, maintaining good posture.  Your body should be as relaxed as possible.  Close your eyes.  Scan your body for tension.

2.      Pay attention to your breathing.  Place one hand on the part of your chest or abdomen that seems to rise and fall the most with each breath.  If this spot is in your chest you are not utilizing the lower part of your lungs.

3.      Place both hands on your abdomen and follow your breathing, noticing how your abdomen rises and falls.

4.      Breathe through your nose.

5.      Notice if your chest is moving in harmony with your abdomen.

6.      Now place one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest.

7.      Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose into your abdomen.  You should feel your abdomen rise with this inhalation and your chest should move only a little.

8.      Exhale through your mouth, keeping your mouth, tongue, and jaw relaxed.

9.      Relax as you focus on the sound and feeling of long, slow, deep breaths.

Complete Natural Breathing
1.      Sit or stand with good posture.

2.      Breathe through your nose.

3.      Inhale, filling first the lower part of your lungs then the middle part, then the upper part.

4.      Hold your breath for a few seconds.

5.      Exhale slowly.  Relax your abdomen and chest.

Practice these two exercises, in whatever combination feels best for you, for ten minutes, twice a day.
(Taken from Davis, Eshelman, and McKay; The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, 2nd edition; New Harbringer Publications, 1982.)
©Academic Skills Center, Dartmouth College 2001

ok this needs to be said, because it’s really aggravating me.

do not ever say someone’s writing is shit. i have seen posts blatantly – explicitly – saying that someone’s work is shit. and no, i’m not going to tolerate that. i don’t care if their writing is bad. never. ever. call someone’s writing, someone’s hard work, shit. you take like, five minutes to read it, while they might have taken five hours, five weeks, five years to write it. if you can’t appreciate their writing, at least appreciate that they’ve dedicated their time to writing it.

now, i’m not saying bad writing doesn’t exist, because it does. what i’m saying is that you have no right to call someone’s work “shit.” you can give them constructive criticism, and that’s completely fine. actually, that’s preferred, because that helps them improve. thing is, though, there’s a fine line between giving helpful criticism and spewing hate.

this especially applies to writing styles. if you pick on someone simply because you don’t like the way they write, you need to get out. i mean, yeah, there are some styles that i hate, but it’s not shit. it’s just how they express themselves as a writer. don’t tell them to change their style. don’t give them a hard time for something that differentiates them from another writer. because guess what, they’re not writing specifically for you. they’re writing for themselves and the readers who appreciate their contributions.

and that’s all i’m going to say.