The 4-7-8 Breath for Reducing Anxiety
One of the best things I did for my health is to become aware of my breath by using the 4-7-8 breathing method.
Many of us take short, shallow breaths that only reach our chests–as if we’re not fully engaging the full breath and holding our breath all day.
It’s time to learn to breathe into your belly and engage your diaphragm, and take advantage of this amazing thing you do everyday. I learned this breathing technique from Dr. Andrew Weil about seven years ago and was lucky to have have him teach it to me live last year.
Breathing into your belly and engaging your diaphragm (muscle) can drastically relieve stress and anxiety in any moment.
Breathing deep through your belly can improve a lot of the crucial functions in your body, such as oxygenating the blood and brain, improving digestion, improving the respiratory system, and alkalizing the body. It can help bring your body back to equilibrium.
Use this breathing technique the next time you need to feel calm and re-focused.
Such as to:
😴 Relax before bed
🧘🏻♀️ While you Meditate
😤 Calm down after an argument
🚘 While you’re driving or in traffic
🤯 When you feel overwhelmed
👩🏻💻 During a work break
🖥 Before a meeting
📈 Before a presentation
You will feel a sense of calm and renewed energy after this breathing exercise.
Here’s how it’s done:
1. Relax your mouth and face
2. Breathe in through your nose for a count 4 (fill your belly)
3. Hold the breath for a count of seven
4 Breathe out of your mouth for a count of 8 (place your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your two front teeth)
Repeat this exercise five times up to two times a day or a needed.
Let me know if you use your breath to relax and ease stress.
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