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