(HealthDay News) -- Deep breathing may be an effective way of reducing stress and calming down.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines for practicing deep breathing techniques:

  • Lying flat on your back, place one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest.
  • Slowly breathe in, making sure your stomach rises a bit.
  • Hold your breath for a second or two.
  • Slowly exhale and allow your stomach to drop.
  • Repeat.