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All About Mom Day 29: Take a Deep Breath

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM
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Breathing.  It's something we do without even thinking.  BUT, if you spend just a little time focusing on your breath, it can relax and invigorate you!

Your activity for March 28 is: Take a Deep Breath!

Dr. Andrew Weil recommends the 4-7-8 (or Relaxing) Breathing exercise for releasing tension.  The following instructions are taken directly from Dr. Weil's website:

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. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

  • 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.

Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.

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You can find more detailed directions for the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise here or try one of the other stress-relieving ideas on the page.

whistling

(ok, I know that SweetPea is whistling....but it made me think of breathing when I saw it)  ;-)

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM
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marisab
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM

wow thats rather refreshing and more difficult then i thought

Jenn8604
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 1:07 AM
wow talk about a workout just breathing. I think I like my Wii Fit yoga breathing better.
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isotoner
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 5:53 AM
Thanks. It's so simple. I tell my HFA son to slow down and breathe, but I forget about myself.
copper
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 7:42 AM

This is a pretty good technique but hard to keep your tongue against your teeth! hee hee

aidensmomma508
by Wendy on Mar. 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM

i feel dizzy lol i did it

lmbrunken
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM
This really works I use deep breathing daily
WildCat73
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM

that helped this morning YAY

shell3m
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I need to do that because I'm having a very bad morning.

LivinDeadGurl
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2011 at 1:34 PM

That definitely helped.

RochelleFS
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Very interesting. Was a bit awkward but still somehow relaxing.

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