Whether you are traveling or hosting the holidays, this time of year brings with it an abundance of stress. Finding the perfect gifts and dealing with difficult family members can, for some, overshadow the reason for the season. Oh, and everyday life keeps on ticking as well.
What can we do to slow down, relax, remain healthy and enjoy??
Try this simple breathing exercise. It’s called the 4-7-8 breath and can actually alter our nervous system. It is calming and relaxing, it is free and it is easy!
First, exhale completely, blow all that stress and frustration OUT.
Second, inhale through your nose to the mental count of 4.
Third, hold your breath for a mental count of 7.
Next, exhale through your mouth to a mental count of 8.
Lastly, repeat this sequence for a total of 4 breath cycles.
I recommend starting and ending your day with this breathing exercise and adding it in any time you feel stressed throughout your day.
This is quick, anyone can do it and it has research proven health/relaxation benefits.
This simple breathing technique can help us erase some of the stress in our busy lives.
The power of the breath! Is it really that easy? Try it and find out. Prepare to be Dazzled!!
—Beckie Moore, Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner