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We all worry. But when you find yourself on that unproductive “worry treadmill” with one rapid thought coming after another, it’s time to pause and practice calm, deep breathing. That’s important because our breathing is often shallow and quick in stressful moments, releasing hormones that intensify the situation.
Lisa Boone, in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, pointed to a recommendation from Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. The technique, called STOP, can help reduce anxiety by promoting mindfulness.
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