It sounds too good to be true. And anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime.
Ready? It’s breathing.
We all do it and are unaware of it for the most part. Unfortunately, most of us are also unaware of the powerful benefits of intentional deep breathing.
Here’s how you do it-
- Breathe in to the count of four, through your nose.
- Hold your breath to the count of seven.
- Exhale to the count of eight, through your mouth.
Maybe your beats are half a second at first, but then you can extend them to a slower pace after a few cycles. Even 2-3 cycles is enough to interrupt the anxiety or stress that you’re currently feeling. Several more cycles and you’re on your way to a deeper relaxation. This can also be a great way to quiet your mind and relax your body when you’re having difficulty falling asleep at night.
And no one even has to know you’re doing it! In the car, at your desk, with your family at Thanksgiving- go for it! Breathe, and reap the benefits.