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Studies have linked breathing to our emotions. When we feel a certain way, angry for example, our breathes quickens and intensifies in the same way when we control our breathing, breathe long and slow, it evokes a calm or happy emotion.
So to practice mindfulness when we are in the moment of anger, anxiety, stress, etc and to stop and breathe can help apparently. But honestly my therapist just assigned this task to me of mindfulness and breathing and to read a few chapters on dialectic behavioural therapy(dbt) and practice that to help me regulate my emotions. So I'm just learning about it all but it seems promising. And even if it's a placebo or something it feels good to be taking action and working on my emotion regulation.
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