This weeks video is number three of the three part series in learning how to manage stress and anxiety through your breath. This week we will be learning the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Last week we talked about the 4 square breathing technique which helps to reduce anxiety and bring us into the present moment by giving us a cognitive and somatic task to do together. This weeks breathing exercise uses the same concepts it just takes the exercise a bit further and helps you to be more aware of how long you hold the breath and takes a longer exhale.
Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
In the 4-7-8 breathing technique breathing technique we are focusing on how long we inhale, exhale and then hold our breath. The counting distracts from the repetitive thoughts of anxiety, depression and stress.
Here are the basics to the four square breathing technique: