Breath, Just Breathe…

As you might have figured out when considering the themes of my previous posts, I like writing about wellness and what to do to get more of it for ourselves. There are so many easy ways to get a little bit more peace of mind, but, I would think, the easiest one of them is taking deep breaths actually. Something so simple, yet so important, that we take for granted… Of course, there are certain techniques to make it more efficient. That is what I would like to share with you this time.

Stress may be an unavoidable part of life, but the way you respond to it is totally in your control, and changing the way you breathe is the fastest way to change how you feel.

Regulating your breath will calm you down quickly. Breathing is the most powerful healing technology, and you can practice it anywhere.

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. who is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, comes up with three very effective breathing exercises on his website. I would highly suggest you take a look at them when you have a moment. From those three techniques, my favorite one is the 4-7-8 exercise. Which is inhaling quietly through your nose for a count of four, keeping your breath in for a count of seven, and then exhaling through your mouth slowly for a count of eight, while lying down on your back or sitting straight. Start with three to four cycles at the beginning, for a month or so, and then, go up to eight cycles, twice a day.

This technique not only helps with lowering stress, anxiety, and worry levels but also helps with panic attacks and social phobia. Before reacting to anything upsetting, please try this breathing exercise, and you will see that you are not as upset anymore and that you can react in a more rational way, rather than going with the heat of the moment.

I hope you benefit from it as much as I do. Enjoy!


Ipek Williamson
Ipek Williamson
The knowledge and wisdom, that I’ve accumulated, transformed me into; an Insight Coach, a Blogger, and an Active “Listener” with an ear for anyone who needs to be heard, passion to help, anyone, and any relationship that needs healing and improvement. Especially the relationship with ones’ self. The person that I am today is also the product of my 20 years of experience as an Executive Assistant for the top managers of several companies. I am the culmination of life experiences as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and colleague. I am also an avid reader and a lifelong learner. Life takes us to places that we don’t expect to end up, but always with a purpose. Last few years, I have made my goal to make my life better, to become happier and healthier. That goal triggered a desire to learn and share anything and everything that helps to make others happy too. Life is beautiful, and we all deserve to live it to the fullest, that’s why I’m here, to touch the lives of as many people as possible, one beautiful soul at a time, and help them to become the best version of themselves

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    • I am so happy to hear that you tried and felt better after practicing it, Eyra. I love your name by the way… Does it have a meaning or a background? I would love to know more about it.

  1. Hello Ipek,

    The much used phrase, ‘take deep breaths’ is a good idea, but more detailed sophisticated approach takes it a step further. Calmness is the result. and calmness is often challenging to accomplish.

    I shall certainly put in to practice this refreshing idea which is a reality. We may take such seemingly ‘simple’ solutions for granted, but sometimes the most simple solutions are the best.

    Thank you, Ipek for publishing this revelation.