Stressed? Start blowing bubbles.

A Utah psychologist is concerned about stress levels; Jane Blackwell notes that about half of Americans reported increased stress over the past five years, and about a third report that they live with extreme stress. She encourages people to examine the sources of stress in their lives, along with their physical and emotional impact. Her preferred strategy for coping with stress? Blowing bubbles. Blackwell notes that the attention to breathing required to blow bubbles is an established relaxation technique. Controlled breathing is essential, and feeling "in control" can reduce the impact of stress.

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