My personal favorite is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. You can watch it in the video or check it out on the PDF but I wanted to share it here in case you needed another push to try, because it really has made such a huge difference in my life.
The simple sequence is as follows:
Inhale through your nose for 4 counts, hold the breath at the top for 7 counts, and exhale through your mouth for 8 counts.
Repeat for 4 to 10 cycles. Take your time with these and be patient.
Go ahead and try one or two rounds now!
I can’t express how helpful this has been for me in a moment of panic or in the midst of anxiety—but practicing it every single day when I’m not panicked has made it so much easier to tap into in those unnerving moments.
I start my meditation each day with a few rounds of this breath, and it makes it so much easier to drop into when needed.
If you struggle with anxiety and haven’t ever tried breathing techniques (or even if you have!) I hope you’ll give these a try, and that they can help.
Remember, we’ve also got our Kickstart series going on on YouTube all month long! Here’s a recap of the other videos from this week, if you missed any!