What is 4-7-8 Breathing?

4-7-8 Breathing - A Great Way to Gain ClarityEver Wonder What 4-7-8 Breathing is and What it’s All About?

Well… 4-7-8 Breathing, just in case I’ve not yet mentioned it at one of your visits, is a great tool for you to use every day! The steps are very easy and at any moment you can use it to help you to RESPOND to things in a more positive way.

The 5 Steps to 4-7-8 Breathing

1.  Inhale for 4 counts through the nose
2.  Hold for 7 counts
3.  Exhale slowly to 8 counts
4.  Repeat four times
5.  Do this morning and evening


I love it because it’s simple and can be done anywhere, anytime.  It’s a key to our nervous system and has an ability to create space, calm, and clarity, enabling us to respond rather than react. The more we are able to function in a mode of responsiveness rather than reaction, the more freedom we have to choose how we live our lives.

4-7-8 Breathing is an easy introduction to the vast knowledge and technique of breathing.  It’s a great way to plant a seed of healthy change in your life.  Do four 4-7-8 breaths every morning and evening for six weeks, and you are on your way to establishing a HEALTHY habit.  You may very well begin to see yourself and the world with new eyes!

~ Carole Cook, MD


About Carole Cook, MD

I am board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society. I have practiced in San Jose since 1985 and have been in solo practice since 2003.


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