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The holiday season can filled with hustle and bustle, creating much stress in our bodies. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a quick, effective technique to help reduce this stress? Well there is!  Intentional, deep breathing can help shift your body and emotions into a state of peace and relaxation.

One simple technique is called the 4-7-8 breathing technique. This technique is explained in the below video by Dr. Andrew Weil.


Intentional deep breathing has many health benefits:

  1. Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
  2. Releases Tension and Calm Nerves
  3. Improves Quality of the Blood
  4. Strengthen the Lungs
  5. Elevates Moods
  6. Can help lower blood pressure
  7. Helps your digestive system
  8. Releases endorphins throughout the body.
    • Endorphins are feel-good, natural painkillers created by our own bodies.
  9. Increases oxygen which provides energy,

Learning a few techniques and taking just a few moments each day to practice some deep breathing exercises can decrease stress, relax your mind and body and help you sleep better too!

This season….just breathe!