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Pain management is an important part of senior health care. Deep breathing exercises can help relax us when in pain. Try the following exercises in place of or with medications: 1. Breathe slowly, deeply, regularly, comfortably. 2. As you breathe out think relaxation; feel tension released from your body. 3. Set a pace for your breathing: in-two-three, out- two-three. 4 Think relaxing words with each 'out' breath: "peace", "relax", "vacation", "slumber". 5. Continue until you reach your goal, ending with a slow deep breath and "I feel alert and relaxed."