Had a rough Monday? Feel like your mind is racing and you can´t find any inner peace? Something as simple as focusing on your breath for a few minutes can do the trick to get you back on track.
Health is often combined with what we eat and how we choose to stay active, and we all know that without food we won’t last long, and without moving our body it will weaken and feel drained of energy. But we rarely focus on something so essential as our breath. By simply focusing on our breathing a few minutes every day; you can promote mental focus and relax your body.
But what is conscious breathing? What does that even mean? According to the internet and our friend Google it is: “the practice of breathing with awareness, intention and attention to your inner experience, in the present moment”.
And how can conscious breathing help us? It can help you slow down your mind and find inner peace, help you sleep better, reduce anxiety and fear, help you become more creative and simple give you a clearer and healthier mind.
Feeling sceptical? I know I was in the beginning, but then I was introduced to the 4-7-8 breath and now I practice it regularly. Usually at home, but even before I head into big meetings or whenever I feel stressed. Let’s take a closer look on how to perform that:
Sit up tall, legs crossed on a yoga mat (or on a cushion on the floor, your bed or whatever you prefer, but keep in mind it´s always best to sit with your hips higher than your knees, that will help you maintain a straight back and a better posture in general). Close your eyes and place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. Start by exhale completely through your mouth, making a hissing sound. Then close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven, before exhaling completely through your mouth, making a hissing sound to a count of eight.
Repeat this cycle a few times and see if it helps you regain your focus and inner peace. Let us know if you tried it and if it had an impact on you by leaving a comment in the comment field below.
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