Make a whoosh sound as you exhale entirely through your mouth. Close your lips and take four slow, deep breaths via your nose. Hold your breath for seven counts. Exhale entirely via your lips, generating an 8-count whoosh sound. Repeat this cycle three times more or until finished.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique was developed to help people with asthma control their symptoms. Scientists believe that doing this exercise regularly may also help reduce the number of asthma attacks you have.
You can do the 4-7-8 breathing technique anywhere, any time. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or it can be incorporated into a daily self-management program that includes using your inhaler, keeping track of your symptoms, and exercising when they bother you.
Here's how: Take a normal inhaled breath in, hold it for 7 counts, and then breathe out through your mouth making a whooshing noise for 4 counts.
Why does the 4-7-8 breathing technique work? Scientists think that since people with asthma cannot always breathe through their nose, they tend to use their mouths instead. By training your body to use your lips instead of your nose, you are reducing the amount of air that enters your lungs which should help control your symptoms.
Take a long breath in, then as you release, make the sound shhhh with your mouth, as if you're commanding everyone to be quiet. Make a big noise! Take note of how you feel in the area between your chest and stomach. Do it until your breath runs out, then repeat for around eight breaths. You can do this exercise anytime, but it's especially useful just before going to sleep so you can relax more easily.
Somatic breathing is one of the simplest yet most effective stress reduction techniques there are. By focusing on your breathing, feeling your body, and listening to audio cues, you can learn to control your nervous system and respond rather than react to stressful situations. This helps you stay in charge instead of being dominated by your emotions.
There are two types of breathing exercises: diaphragmatic breathing and chest breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing uses the muscles in your abdomen to breathe; this type of breathing is useful because it focuses on what's inside your body instead of your nose or throat. Chest breathing relies on using your chest muscles to take in air; this type of breathing is natural when you're scared or anxious because it makes you hyperventilate, which lowers your blood pH and causes you to feel dizzy and light-headed. However, over time this style of breathing can lead to chronic health problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and heart disease.
Breathing exercises for beginners
Breathing from the belly
To practice the balanced breathing technique, take a deep breath and count from one to four while inhaling through your nose. Exhale through your nostrils and count backwards from four to one. Ensure that the effort for breathing is created by belly breathing, which involves the use of the abdominal and pelvic diaphragms. Active breathing can be used in addition to or instead of the balanced technique.
Performance anxiety can make it difficult to breathe properly. If this is the case for you, try taking slow, deep breaths before going on stage. This will help calm your nerves and give you more control of your breathing. Once on stage, continue to take deep breaths (but only as many as you need to keep speaking) and focus on your body language rather than your speech content. It's important not to distract yourself by watching audience members or imagining what you'd say next!
Finally, remember that no one but you will ever know how you performed today. Whether you flubbed a line or not, whether you were successful in convincing the audience to buy your product or not, no one but you will ever know. All they can tell is that there was a person on stage named Steve who said some words. That's it. There's no way for them to judge how good you were or weren't. Enjoy your success when you have it because it might never happen again. When it doesn't, just move on to the next thing.
Inhale slowly and steadily through both nostrils. Maintain a tall spine while inhaling until you achieve your lung capacity. Hold your breath for a second, then tighten some of it in the back of your throat, as if ready to speak a secret, and expel slowly through both nostrils. The idea is to make a sound like "ha" at the end of each exhalation.
Next, we will use this energy to move something with it. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths, and begin thinking about how you can use your breath to its fullest potential.
As you breathe in, imagine that you are filling yourself up with life-giving oxygen. As you breathe out, imagine that you are releasing all that is no longer useful to you. Let go of anything that is burdening you emotionally or mentally.
Now, take another deep breath and think about a problem you are facing. Are there any relationships in your life that are causing you stress? If so, release these relationships by breathing out all that is not necessary for your growth.
Continue doing this for several minutes, focusing on one issue at a time, and release everything that is no longer serving you.
When you are finished, open your eyes and feel free to write down your thoughts.
Slowly inhale through your nose, allowing your tummy to expand and press onto your hand. Maintain as much stillness as possible with your hand on your chest. Using pursed lips, engage your abdominal muscles and move them toward your spine as you exhale. Again, keep your hand as steady as possible on your upper chest. Do not use your hands to pull yourself up by your arms or lift anything heavier than 0.5 pounds.
When you reach the top, stay there for at least one full breath before starting all over again. Never try to jump-start your lungs by coughing or sneezing when you first rise to a high place. Such actions are unnecessary and could be dangerous if you fall down again!
Instead, focus on relaxing each part of your body, starting with your head and moving down to your toes. When you're completely relaxed, breathe slowly and deeply through your nose. This is called "normal" breathing. You do not need to hold your breath unless you are waiting for something (such as in an emergency) or are having difficulty getting air into your lungs (which can happen if you have asthma or some other respiratory condition).
If you normally breathe through your mouth, close your mouth when you climb up high places so that you can listen for warnings and take appropriate action. For example, if you hear someone yelling "Watch out!" then you should put your hand out to break your fall.