I recommend you take intentional deep breaths before and after stressful interactions, prior to eating, and when lying in bed.
Relax and Release
Movement is also important to counter the negative affects of chronic stress. I recommend patients engage in a physical activity that includes the following:
- Extending the spine
- Working on proper joint alignment
- Functional movement
- Relaxing the mind
- Using intention to release tension
- Intentional breathing
There are many movement systems that provide these components, but I highly recommend internal martial arts system such as Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan).
Taijiquan not only provides the components above, but it also has remarkable healing abilities.