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Relaxation response

The relaxation response is the opposite of the stress response. It can create a state of profound peace and rest, putting the brakes on the biological stampede of hormones and metabolic changes involved in the stress response. Here is a simple way to elicit the relaxation response: 1. Pick a focus word or short phrase to repeat, like "home" or "peace." 2. Sit quietly in a comfortable position with your eyes closed. 3. Relax…

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