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Sun Nov 1, 2020, 09:33 PM

3 Ways to Feel Better Right Now


Try one of these scientifically-backed techniques to get a quick mood boost.

The emotional terrain is rough for a lot of people these days. Here’s some good news: Researchers have documented a variety of methods for immediate mood management. None of these are long-term solutions. And they don’t replace things like a good psychotherapist, a good friend, or the work we need to do to make the world a better place. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed with sadness or anxiety (or both!), try one of these tactics to manage your emotions in the moment.

1. Breathe it out.

It seems obvious that your breathing can change in response to your emotions. For example, “doom-scrolling” through social media and reading about every awful thing that might happen in the world feeds your anxiety, which can make your heart race and your breathing grow quick and shallow. But the link between emotions and respiration isn’t a one-way street. Just as your emotions affect your breathing, how you breathe can change your emotional state.

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