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Stress Management

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Creative, science-backed ways to cope with Covid-19 sadness, fear, a racing heart, and utter exhaustion

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Forty-one percent of U.S. adults are concerned about their increasing anxiety, and 68% “feel like everything is out of their control right now,” according to a new Harris Poll survey. And in a Pew Research Center survey done in late March, 18% of adults said they’d “had a physical reaction at least some or a little of the time when thinking about the outbreak.”


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The Nuance

It’s a great way to stimulate the vagus nerve — and induce a state of calm

The way a person breathes is inextricably linked to the way a person feels. This is a central tenet of several forms of Eastern medicine as well as everything from yoga and meditation to tai chi and karate. Each of these disciplines emphasizes the primacy of careful and controlled breathing for the health and function of the body.

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