20 Micro (Yet Mighty) SelfCare Challenges That’ll Make Any Day Better

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Try 4-4-4 breathing.

“Deep breathing techniques have been a crucial component of healing practices throughout the world for thousands of years. Western researchers have also delved into the health benefits of breathing and found that breathing exercises can decrease stress and improve mood. Deep breathing also helps to send oxygen throughout your body for improved physical well-being. Try this very simple breathing exercise to help manage stress and overall well-being. Breathe in for four counts, hold the breath for four counts, and exhale for four counts. Repeat this exercise for up to five minutes. Notice how you feel once you’re finished. You’ll likely feel calmer, focused, and energized after even a brief breathing exercise.” —Serena Poon, chef, nutritionist, and founder of the method of Culinary Alchemy

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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