Take a Breather

One route to pain and stress management is greater awareness of your breathing, and unlike aspirins, this is a remedy you’re never without.

Focusing on your breathing to heighten inner awareness has a long history in certain eastern spiritual traditions, and its health benefits are increasingly upheld by western investigators. The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School combines the latest psychological findings and the meditative breathing techniques of eastern religions to help chronic sufferers come to terms with pain and lead a more mindful, productive and peaceful way of life.

The Harvard-trained integrative medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil advocates proper breathing as a tool for self healing. Look into drweilselfhealing.com for more about his “master key” breathing exercises and for free health tips on everything from dieting to back care.