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How To Reduce Stress Learn to lighten the weight of a long year with these simple tips.

By Wendy Jordanov

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Running a business in these uncertain times can be both mentally and physically taxing. There are, however, a few ways to lighten the load without leaving the very desk that's at the center of all this stress. Bonus: Each of these mood-boosters can be accomplished in as little as five minutes.

Alternate nostril breathing

Alternate nostril breathing is a way to focus on your breathing, relax and unwind. The extra oxygen in your body will help increase your energy, reduce anxiety, increase your focus and provide a sense of inner calmness. In Sanskrit, it is known as nadi shodhana pranayama which translates to "subtle energy clearing breathing technique." One study found that alternate nostril breathing lowered heart rate and blood pressure of participants. Another study found a relationship between this method and increased calmness.

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