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Reductive rhythm

Innovative pacemakers are controlled by patients’ individual breathing patterns.

Breathing exercises can help control stress and alleviate anxiety. Provided that our brains don’t become distracted from the task at hand.

Which is where a British PhD student from the University of Bath comes in.

His hand-held soft ball is connected to sensors attached to a user’s body, imitating their respiration patterns. By shrinking and expanding the ball gives breathing a physical form.

Tests showed that using the ball while following guided audio instructions reduced anxiety by 75%, allowing users to regain control of their innermost feelings.

Sometimes anonymous chats can help too.  Listening closely to our bodies, meanwhile, can do wonders for our health.

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