We all know that it can be quite a challenge to combine children, friends, work and a full agenda. So to relax once in a while would be great, but how? Take a deep breath and relax!
Stress causes tension and changes the way you are breathing. And did you know that your breath also affects how your deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor function? With shallow, chest breathing, you are not accessing the full excursion of your diaphragm. Sit quietly with your hand on your belly and feel your belly rise and fall with your breathing.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique, depelopped by Andrew Weil, a physician at the University of Arizona, is an easy and effective way to de-stress and relax.
Sounds great?! Try this breathing exercise to clear your mind, energize your body and blow your stress away.
You can repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths at least once a day. You have the most effect if you do the exercise four times a day for the first month. You can then keep it up twice a day. The effect can already be measured after one month of training!
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