Anxiety is the worst. This breathing exercise, 4-7-8 Breathing, was made popular by Dr. Andrew Weil, and it is the most amazing tool to take your stress from here (holding hand up high) to here (holding hand much lower). If you don’t know about it, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing more stress than necessary.
Ironically, I’ve been a bit stressed out about my upcoming workshop, Meditation for the Busy Mind. It’s in TWO DAYS, and it’s the first time I’ve ever rented a space, made the food, created custom content and lessons, and put myself out there like this. Online posting is one thing; presenting my material in person is a whole other.
I’ve been utilizing the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique for a few years now, and it always amazes me. I’ll finish even three sets, look around, and be like hmm, that was nice.
It just slows you down. The breathing creates a shift from the sympathetic nervous system mode (fight or flight) into favouring parasympathetic relaxation, which is the mode conducive to rest and digest.
Check out the video, I think it will help you chill out.
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How exactly does 4-7-8 Breathing work? Here’s an article by a doctor who explains in simple terms, and here is some more in-depth info that explains the function of the Nervous System, in particular a neurotransmitter called GABA, and its effect on stress levels.
And finally, here is a recording to take with you on your journey so you can have quick access to a 3-minute audio to help you immediately reduce stress and anxiety.
I hope this helps. When you try it, do me a favour and leave a comment below to let us know how it went for you.
Keep it fresh everyone, ‘see’ you next Friday, and wish me luck this weekend!