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Take a Deep Breath

We’ve all been told to “take a deep breath”. But how often do we actually heed this advice when something upsetting happens, before we react? When you are feeling stressed out, angry or tense, try one of my favorite breathing techniques by Dr. Andrew Weil, called the “4-7-8 Exercise”. It’s a simple, fast and powerful relaxation tool that you can perform anywhere.

Sit with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise.

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
  • This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.