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Deep breathing is the foundation of breath focus, which is quite
simple to do.
Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. Start by
noting the difference between breathing normally and breathing
deeply. First take a normal breath. Now try a deep, slow breath.
The air coming in through your nose should move downward into
your lower belly. Let your abdomen expand fully. Now breathe out
through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).
Alternate normal and deep breaths several times. Pay attention to
how you feel when you inhale and exhale normally and when you
breathe deeply. Shallow breathing often feels tense and
constricted, while deep breathing produces relaxation.
Now practice deep breathing for several minutes. Put one hand on
your abdomen, just below your belly button. Feel your hand rise
about an inch each time you inhale and fall about an inch each
time you exhale. Your chest will rise slightly, too, in concert
with your abdomen. Remember to relax your belly so that each
inhalation expands it fully. As you exhale slowly, let yourself
sigh out loud.
Traditionally, mammography has not been recommended for women
over 70, but as this age group grows in size, evidence is
starting to support the position that breast cancer screening
makes sense for older women.
Tips for minimizing jet lag when traveling include shifting to your destination time zone before leaving, staying hydrated, but avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and getting into the rhythm of the local time as quickly as possible after arriving.
Uterine fibroids frequently do not cause any symptoms and are generally not dangerous, but they can cause discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. If medications are not effective, there are surgical options, some of which are minimally invasive.
Persistent anxiety can contribute to respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal problems, and heart disease. Treating anxiety with psychotherapy, medications, or a combination can reduce or relieve physiological distress.
My ophthalmologist says I have drusen scattered over the macula
in both eyes and wants to check them every nine months. Could you
say something about what drusen are and what they mean?