Stress and anxiety are a huge problem is today’s society. Millions of years of evolution didn’t anticipate 21st Century lifestyles and many people suffer from these destructive disorders. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to relax anywhere and at any time; all you need to do is learn a very simple breathing technique. This breathing technique was developed by Dr. Andrew Weil as a method to treat anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It can be practiced during your day and it’s very easy to learn.
Place your tongue above the ridge of your teeth and keep it there for the entire breathing exercise
Exhale completely through your mouth with a ‘whoosh’ sound
- Inhale though your nose for a count of four
Hold your breath for a count of seven
Exhale through your mouth for a count of eight making a ‘whoosh’ sound
Do this three more times for a total of four breaths
Here is a video by Dr. Weil demonstrating the technique in person:
The first few times you perform this exercise you might feel light-headed; this will soon pass with practice. What this breathing technique does is cause oxygen to circulate more completely in your body which produces a calming effect. You have to practice it twice a day or more. I recommend doing it at least in the morning when you wake up and before you go to sleep. Perform this technique whenever you feel tension, anxiety, or stress, and with continuous practice the calming effect will increase. You should increase the number of breaths to a maximum of eight in total over a period of weeks as long as it’s comfortable for you. Dr. Weil claims that when you master this technique it can help enormously in controlling stress and helping you fall asleep if you are prone to insomnia. Practice it, practice it regularly, and make it a partner for life.