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What are your tips for loosening your hands on the reins?

What are your tips for loosening your hands on the reins?
I used to do it when I was tense, it sounds cliche but sometimes just stop and breathe, smile and keep going, it will relax your entire body and loosen you up
The best thing I've heard was to pretend you've got a little bird in your hands. You have to hold on tight enough not to let the bird go, but not so tight that you'd squish it.