Take a Break

How to Slow Your Heart Rate and Quiet Your Mind

Last updated:

June 15, 2011

It's not quite as relaxing as sneaking off to a spa for a week, but sitting still and doing a series of deep breathing exercises can have a powerful, relaxing effect on your body. And you can achieve it in minutes, without having to pack or arrange alternate caregiving!

Try this: Breathe in through the mouth for a count of five. Hold it for a count of seven. Then slowly exhale through the mouth for a count of eight. Repeat five to ten times. You'll slow your heart rate and quiet your mind -- and feel better for it.

-- Paula Spencer Scott