By Doug Ankerman
Trying NOT to sound like an infomercial, snake oil, salad shooting pitchman BUUUUUT here’s the easiest, cheapest and most relaxing method to melt stress and ease pain while clearing your head.
No more warming oversized beanbags in a microwave.
No more soaking in the tub till you’re a giant prune.
And no more oily and expensive massage sessions.
Yes, this stress reliever is no mess. Can be done anywhere at YOUR convenience. And is absolutely free. You heard right…FREE!
What is this life-changing, stress-reducing procedure, you ask?
It’s breathing! Breathing to a count of 4-7-8, in particular.
What’s 4-7-8, you ask? (You ask a lot of questions!)
Well, 4-7-8, beside being my locker number in junior high, is a simple, deep breathing technique that helps restore energy, focus… and sanity in this cray-cray world.
Let’s break it down so you can learn to breathe the 4-7-8 way…
Begin by inhaling through your nose to a slooooww count of four. One…. Two…. Three…. Four. Make it a deep, belly-expanding breath. Filling your lungs to max capacity with fresh air.
Next, hold that glorious breath for a seven count. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
Finally, exhale through your mouth as you slowly count to eight. Tighten your belly, squeezing out as much stale, old air as possible.
Repeat the compete cycle again. Inhaling through your nose to a slow count of four. Hold the fresh air for seven. Before slowly exhaling through your mouth for an eight count.
Do the 4-7-8 cycle several times as you focus on slowly inhaling, a relaxed hold, followed by a slow, controlled exhale through your mouth.
I like to breathe 4-7-8 when first waking up. Breathing fresh air deep into every cell gets your body ready to rise and shine. Likewise, a few 4-7-8’s before bedtime releases the day’s stress and preps your mind and body for a restful night’s snooze.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique can be done anytime! Anywhere! At your convenience! Whenever you feel stressed. At work. At home. Even at the in-laws!
Melt stress today…. with 4-7-8!
4-7-8 is yours, absolutely free, but I feel no shame in accepting credit or even a donation!
*Doug Ankerman writes silly stuff about MS and other blurbs on his humor blog at myoddsock.com.