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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

4-7-8 Breathing | A Powerful Stress Relief Technique

If you're anything like me, sometimes you forget to stop and breath. It's something I've been trying to work on. Especially when I'm stressed out. 

I recently came across a something that seems to help me a lot. It is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. 

It has four easy steps:
  1. - Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4.
  2. - Hold your breath for a count of 7.
  3. - Release your breath from your mouth with a whooshing sound for a count of 8.
  4. - Without a break, breathe in again for a count of 4, repeating the entire technique 3-4 times in a row, then resume normal breathing and activity.

If you count your breaths, the whole exercise will take just 57 seconds! But it doesn’t really matter if each count lasts an actual second; it only matters that you count evenly so the ratio of 4-7-8 is maintained.

You will find yourself feeling mildly light-headed after doing this. That’s actually a sign it is working, and it will quickly pass. Feel free to do this as often as you want, but you may need to get used to it first. 
Give it a few days and keep track of your progress. Good luck! 

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