Breathing Technique To Control Anxiety

Breathing Technique To Control Anxiety

Mindfulness breathing exercises have been shown to have many benefits like stress reduction, controlling anxiety and relaxation. The 4-7-8 breathing technique was developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. He refers to it as a “Natural tranquilliser for the nervous system.”

You can practise 4-7-8 breathing anywhere and at any time. When you’re first learning, try to practise at least twice a day, but you can do it as often as you want. Only do it for four cycles in a row in the beginning. After you get used to it, you can work up to eight cycles. You may feel lightheaded at first, but this will pass.

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit with your back straight. 
  2. Place your tongue against the back of your top teeth and keep it there. 
  3. Exhale completely through your mouth around your tongue, making a whoosh sound. Purse your lips if it helps. 
  4. Close your lips and inhale through your nose for a count of four.
  5. Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  6. Exhale completely through your mouth making a whoosh sound for a count of eight.

This completes one cycle. Repeat 3 times. 

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