“Don’t forget to breathe.” We’ve heard it in workout classes and many times when we’ve been stressed—and yet as often as we hear it, we still need to be reminded.
When we’re stressed or tense, our breath becomes shallow, putting additional pressure on our bodies. That’s why it’s key to remember to breathe and stop stress-induced shallow breathing in its tracks.
One of our favorites is 4-7-8 Breathing. Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine, calls it the simplest and most powerful mind/body technique in his arsenal and says, "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly."
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
- Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
So, in case you needed to hear it today: don’t forget to breathe.