Quick Tip: 4-7-8 Breath for Stress Relief

4-7-8 Breath for Stress Relief - Organizing with a Side of Fabulous

Today I want to bring you a quick breathing exercise I learned in yoga many years ago that helps relieve stress immediately.

Since we're nearing the holidays, it's great to use while you're standing in long holiday lines, stuck in traffic, or stuck in less than splendid family/friend/work/party situations. 

Because decluttering and organizing can get very overwhelming and stressful, it's a perfect way to step back, take a moment and calm down. It can even help you get to sleep at night if you're having trouble falling asleep.

At a conference I spoke at, the lady to go on after me was very nervous. I taught this to her and it calmed her down so much that on stage you would have never guessed that 30 minutes prior she was completely freaking out! 

The video below will show you how to do it properly. However, if you're in a place where you don't want to make loud "whooshing" noises while you breathe, keeping silent and only breathing through the nose works too. 

The basic gist of it is: 

  • Place the tip of your tongue lightly on the area of your mouth where the roof of your mouth meets your front teeth. 
  • Inhale for 4 counts. 
  • Hold your breath for 7 counts. 
  • Exhale for 8 counts. 
  • Inhale immediately after for 4 counts. Repeating the pattern until you feel calmer. 

Note: he counts much faster than I do. Count at a pace that is comfortable for you throughout the entire exercise. He also says to do it twice a day. I personally don't do that and instead use it on an "as needed" basis, but whatever works best for your needs will be awesome.  

If you find yourself in a stressful situation, use the 4-7-8 breath to relax and calm yourself.