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09/18/2014 12:28 pm ET Updated Nov 18, 2014

Two-Minute Stress Buster

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This two-minute gratitude stress buster will help release stress and restore calm -- give it a go!

Test it out when you are feeling a little unbalanced or stressed.

Close your eyes and take two slow deep breaths in and out, in and out. Then just let your breath return to its natural rhythm. You don't need to force it in any way. Just simply follow the breath.

Now, think of a friend or someone else that you care about, someone who you find it easy to feel warmth towards when you think of them.

Bring that person to mind and tune in to the feelings that you generate when you think of them.

Silently say thank you as you breathe those feelings into and out of your heart area.

Remember any pleasant moments you have shared recently, however small.

Continue to focus on these feelings of warmth and appreciation as you breathe in and out of the heart area.

Continue to soak up the gratitude, letting it sink into your body

When you are ready, slowly open your eyes...

A few minutes -- sometimes as few as two minutes of slow, grateful breathing is all it takes to reduce your stress levels and bring your nervous system back into balance.

So this is portable stress relief you can use anytime. Enjoy.