My Favorite Breathing Exercise for Anxiety: 4-7-8

Out of all the breathing exercises I’ve come across, this one by far is the most helpful and efficient for breaking my negative thought patterns and getting me out of a funk, fast: 4-7-8.

  • Inhale for 4 counts.

  • Hold for 7 counts.

  • Exhale for 8 counts.

  • Then repeat, as much as is needed.

There is intention, purpose, pause and the ability to relax my body unlike balanced breathing, box breathing or alternate nostril breathing has done, for me personally.

This isn’t a long post because it doesn’t need to be. I’d rather you actually breathe and experience the benefits for themselves first, then read more about why it works later. And when that later comes, see below for more resources on this technique.

What Is the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique? – Healthline

How to use 4-7-8 breathing for anxiety – MedicalNewsToday

What Is 4-7-8 Breathing? – VeryWellMind

You got this! Let me know your thoughts after you’ve tried it, too!

Have an idea for a future BREATH TO BREATH interview? Email me! Perrin Live with intention. Move with gratitude. Breathe with purpose.

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