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One important strategy to cope with strong emotional reactions and to stay in control is a simple breathing technique called “Keep Calm.” Although simple in its steps, it can be very difficult to do when needed, so a great deal of practice is necessary. A form of this exercise is common to Lamaze, yoga, and sports psychology.

Keep Calm

  • Say to yourself .. “Stop”

  • Tell yourself … “Keep Calm”

  • Breathe in through your nose to a count of five

  • Exhale through your mouth to a count of five

  • Repeat as necessary

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