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Fight "Email Apnea" With One Breath
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Fight "Email Apnea" With One Breath

Nick Douglas, Gawker Media

Photo by Engin_Akyurt

Have you ever noticed a moment of breathlessness as you wait for Twitter to load, your email to refresh, or your Bluetooth device to connect? Your muscles seizing up as you wait for your technology to work? Annoyance at your phone your phone temporarily turning into the damn DMV for a whole six seconds?

Writer Linda Stone calls it email apnea , and while she recommends the scientifically dubious Buteyko breathing method to fight it, you don't need to retrain your breathing to relax a bit in these moments.

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Any time that you find yourself anxiously waiting for your technology, just take a few deep breaths. Be conscious that you're waiting, and tell yourself that instead, you are giving yourself a few seconds to take a break. Call it a tiny meditation if you want, call it mindfulness, whatever. But if you get as tense as I do when I switch from the front-room wifi to the back-room wifi, you'll notice it's just helpful to switch your brain from "I'm annoyed!" to "I'm breathing." for a second.

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