The relaxing benefits of breathing exercises are well documented. Practiced regularly, this simple technique of 7/11 breathing can make all the difference in how you are feeling. It is particularly great if you suffer from sleep or anxiety issues, or if you’d just like a short-cut to feeling relaxed. As well as using it in the moment, try incorporating it into a daily practice for the maximum benefit.
This simple technique allows you to exhale more oxygen than you inhale, thus?counteracting?the over-breathing that occurs when we are stressed. It also slows your heart rate down and is deeply relaxing.
Get comfortable and sit down if you can.
Breathe in through your nose to a count of seven. Imagine the air is reaching all the way down to your diaphragm so your stomach gently pushes out with the breath.
Breathe out through your mouth for a count of 11.
Repeat as many times as is necessary for you to feel better and enjoy the relaxed feeling that it brings.