“Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.”
Andrew Weil, M.D.
Our chiropractor recommended this breathing exercise to us some time ago and it’s been a tremendous help. My challenge: Try this for a week – and see if there’s a difference. We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:14
Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise
This exercise is simple and versatile. Sit up straight. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth – behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through out the exercise.
Exhale completely through your mouth, making an audible ‘whoosh’ sound.
Close your mouth and inhale through your nose to the count of 4.
Hold your breath for a count of 7.
Exhale completely through your mouth, making a ‘whoosh’ sound to a count of 8.
Repeat three more times for a total of four breaths.
This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Do it at least twice a day.
Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day you can use this technique whenever anything upsetting happens. Before you react – just breathe. Plus, this simple exercise will help you dissolve internal tension and even fall asleep at night!
So, as the school year begins and life picks up a steady pace – things may not be transpiring like you envisioned. When your body feels tense and you’re about to think, say or do something you know is not profitable to those around you …. Just breathe!!
Please let me know how this is working for ya!