Breathe calmly through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for 7 seconds. Breathe out slowly through your mouth for 8 seconds.
It’s really that simple. It may sound crazy, but it really works.
How it works?
When you’re stressed or anxious, the amount of adrenaline in your blood increases, and your breathing gets faster and lighter.
This breathing exercise acts as a kind of
sedative. Deliberately slowing down your breathing in this way forces the
rhythm of your heart to slow down, making you calm very quickly. Its actually
The same exercise
helps to calm down your mind, too, simply because it makes you concentrate
entirely on your breathing. You don’t realize it, but at this moment your
central nervous system gradually reduces its activity, and feelings of anxiety
disappear. Any neurologist can confirm this for you.
In terms of the
speed and strength of the physical effect it has, the exercise is similar to an
anesthetic. It was investigated by Harvard medical doctor Andrew Weil, who
found that the ’4-7-8′ method has been well-known to Indian yogi for several
centuries. They use it during meditation practice in order to achieve a state
of complete relaxation.
How it can be helpful to you, specifically?
It’ll help you fall asleep much, much faster, and in all kinds of situations. If you wake up late at night because something’s bugging you, for example, it will help. The same goes for when you’re feeling nervous ahead of a competition or an important life event.
The ’4-7-8′ method
is guaranteed to let you get the rest you need!