Dr. Paul Thielking talks through a simple breathing exercise to get your body out of fight-or-flight mode and back to feeling relaxed and unstressed.">

May 1, 2017 — When anxiety or stress creeps up on you, it not only can impact your mental wellness but your physical health as well. On this Health Minute, psychiatrist Dr. Paul Thielking talks through a simple breathing exercise to get your body out of fight-or-flight mode and back to feeling relaxed and unstressed.

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Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: You're feeling stressed. Psychiatrist Dr. Paul Thielking, give us one thing we can do right now to fix that.

Dr. Thielking: One way that stress manifests is in what we call the fight or flight response. Your body gets tense. Your heart rate goes up. Your blood pressure might be up. Your breathing is shallow and tight. What I'm going to teach you is a way to quickly shift out of the fight or flight response into the relaxation response using your breath.

Just drop everything that is in your mind right now and focus on your body and your chair. Focus on taking three deep full breaths, deepening and stretching out your breath with each cycle. If you have time, you can do 5 or 10 of these breaths. By the time you're done you should feel a little more relaxed.

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