Do you often find yourself in situations where anxious thoughts have taken over your mind? It could be while you are in the midst of people, at home by yourself, or maybe the feeling just lurks with you throughout the day. In these moments it can feel as though your body’s reactions and thoughts are uncontrollable. For example, having a fast heart rate or sweaty palms. It can be quite frustrating having your body respond in ways you don’t want it to, but there are methods to put your anxiety at ease.
In this blog, I will go through a 3 minute deep breathing technique to do 3 times a day. The 4-7-8 breathing technique helps increase the body and mind connection. The exercise will help you watch the anxiety go down like the ocean’s tide, slow but steady.
Step 1: Position
Sit or stand in a position where you feel comfortable. You want to have your shoulders down and your body straight up, nice and tall. Next, you want to relax your eyes and place your tongue behind your top front teeth. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
Step 2: Inhale
Start to inhale for 4 seconds through your nose. Allow yourself to become aware of the air inflating your stomach as it moves closer to your spine.
Step 3: Hold your breath
After the 4 second inhale, hold your breath where it is at for 7 seconds.
Step 4: Exhale
Allow yourself to start exhaling slowly for an 8 count. Your exhale should be through your mouth and you will hear a “woosh” sound while doing it.
Step 5: Repeat
Repeat this cycle 3-4 times in a row. Don’t do more than 4 until you start to become more comfortable because it can cause you to become lightheaded. Remember that consistency is key, the more you practice the technique the more likely you will have positive results.
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