Take a deep breath to stay calm

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 March, 2007, 12:00am
 

People can't usually tell from our faces how stressed we are. Many people always look calm.


But levels of stress in Hong Kong are higher than in other cities.


As we often read in the news, stress can drive us to act impulsively, adopt unhealthy behaviour or even think about suicide.


But we shouldn't allow stress to overwhelm us.


When life is getting you down, don't panic. Take a deep breath.


This should calm you down. Your brain and soul will be refreshed. Then smile. In less than a minute, you will feel more positive. Life isn't so bad after all.


ADELA HUNG


Thanks for your letter, Adela. Stress is something that affects most of us throughout our lives. The sooner you learn to deal with it, the better.


When we find ourselves in stressful situations, our breathing can become shallow and fast. This is a natural response and it often happens without us realising it. So taking a deep breath is good advice. It puts us back in control of our breathing and eases the mind.


Breathing techniques have been an important part of Buddhist, yogic and Zen meditation for centuries.


Before an exam or test, take a few slow, deep breaths. You should find it very calming.


Victoria, Assistant Editor


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