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3 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress & Improve Sleep

The combination of stress + lack of sleep makes for one grumpy mama. And lucky for me, this deployment has given me the opportunity to improve my stress management skills (LOL - see what I did there - it's all about shifting perspective)!

But, let's get real here for second. No one likes tossing and turning at night and pulling their hair out because of stress and overwhelm by day. It's exhausting, and it's not healthy.

But, I've got some good news: When you can control your breath, you can control your mind. Feeling skeptical? Give one or all of these breathing exercises a try the next time you want to scream when you're at work, or when you just can't make the noise in your mind stop when you're laying in bed late at night. It can't hurt to try, right?

4-7-8 Breathing

This is one of my fave techniques. It always helps me relax when my mind is spinning. Exhale through your mouth, then close it. Inhale through your nose for a count of 4. At the top of the breath, hold for a count of 7, then exhale out your mouth for a co