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05/24/2013 08:08 am ET

Easy Meditation Techniques: A Simple Breath-Counting Exercise For Stress Relief (VIDEO)

When your mind starts racing and your body begins tensing up, stopping to count your breath is one of the easiest ways to bring your anxiety levels down a notch. For easy stress relief at the office or on the go, try the breath-counting meditation demonstrated by Zen fitness expert Jeff Christian in the video above.

"You want the tools to be able to bring yourself back to your baseline when you do feel stressed," Christian says.

Breathing is a tried-and-true stress reliever: Deep breathing exercises have been shown to trigger the body's relaxation response. For more breath-focused meditations, try these simple steps to using your breath as a way to slow down or ease tension, and more breathing exercises for instant stress reduction.

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