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Another way to put yourself into a light trance is to pay attention to your breathing. Breathe normally. Do not make yourself tense by wondering if you are doing it correctly. Place your hand on your stomach. With relaxed breathing it should go out with the inhale and in with the exhale. Say to yourself in, out, in, out as you breathe. You can use this for stress relief by itself or to relax enough that you can give yourself helpful suggestions. Be careful not to hold your breath when you are upset, as this can interfere with your stress management efforts.