Rituals: Breathing Exercise
What’s your go-to method to calm your mind? We are constantly stressed and it manifests in many unwanted ways in our body, including in the appearance of our skin.
My first line of defense is disconnecting from my mind and connecting to my breath with the highly effective breathing exercise designed by Dr. Andrew Weil.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique requires a person to focus on taking a long, deep breath in and out. Rhythmic breathing is a core part of many meditation and yoga practices as it promotes relaxation.
Dr. Weil teaches the 4-7-8 breathing technique, which he believes can help with the following:
•helping a person get to sleep
•controlling or reducing anger responses
1. empty the lungs of air.
2. breathe in quietly through the nose for 4 seconds.
3. hold the breath for a count of 7 seconds.
4. exhale forcefully through the mouth, pursing the lips and making a "whoosh" sound, for 8 seconds.
*repeat the cycle up to 4 times.
Dr. Weil is a celebrity doctor and the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
See our full list of rituals here.