4-7-8 breathing to keep you calm

A strong correlation exists between emotions and breathing. People who are anxious or upset breathe rapid, shallow, noisy and irregular breathes.

It’s easier to regulate your breathing than flip a switch on your mood.

Try this technique known as 4-7-8 Breathing:

  • Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge behind and above your front teeth.
  • Exhale through your mouth, making a whooshing sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale deeply through your nose to a silent count of 4.
  • Then hold your breath for a count of 7.
  • Exhale through the mouth to a count of 8, and make the same whooshing sound.
  • Repeat for 4 breath cycles.

Do this twice a day and you’ll be amazed by how easily calm washes over you. 

Source:  Andrew Weil M.D.