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4-7-8 Breathing Exercise to alleviate Anxiety and Stress for Teens and Adults

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Published on May 30, 2018

The 4-7-8 breathing is a method, pioneered by Harvard-trained Dr Andrew Weill. It finds its roots in pranayama and is described as a 'natural tranquiliser for the nervous system' helping to quickly reduce tension and allowing the body to relax.

This is a great breathing exercise for both adults and children to help alleviate anxiety. Basic breathing exercises that encourage breath control can help release stress.

Feel free to modify it so it suits your comfort level and needs.

According to NCCIH, relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises are generally safe. However, anyone with a history of abuse, trauma, psychiatric conditions or epilepsy should talk with their doctor or therapist first, as there have been reports of certain relaxation techniques worsening symptoms in some people with these conditions. While breathing exercises can improve health, they are not a replacement for medical care and prescription medications, so continue to follow up with your doctor for care of any medical conditions.
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