Welcome to month five of our 12 Months of Wellness. We are so thrilled that you are taking these monthly steps to improve your overall wellness. If you are just now being introduced to our 12 Months of Wellness you can find the full series here.
Our breath is so much more than just an automatic response to keep us oxygenated and alive. Our breath is the simplest tool we have to calm our physical, emotional and mental states. Next time you’re running late, feeling stressed at work or anxious about an upcoming event tune into your body. You’re likely to notice that your heart is racing and your breathing is short and high in your chest. This is because you are in a heightened stress response and your body is on high alert.
The quickest way to relax your nervous system is through conscious breathing practices. This can be as simple as focusing on your breath and consciously taking several slow, deep breaths, fully filling your lungs.
The 4-7-8 Relaxation Breath, recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil, is a technique to help you relax, quiet your mind and even fall asleep easily. This practice is simple, doesn’t take much time and it’s free, so try it next time you need to calm you nerves.
The 4-7-8 Relaxation Breath technique:
- Exhale all of your breath through your mouth.
- Inhale through your nose to the count of 4.
- Hold your breath to the count of 7.
- Exhale audibly through your mouth for the count of 8.
- Repeat this several times and notice how it helps you relax.
Breath and Chiropractic
You may wonder what the connection is between breath and chiropractic. Well, both actually have a direct effect on the health and function of the nervous system and can affect our ability to heal, as well as feel balanced and calm.
Often times, our breath can even be a gauge for our spinal wellness. When our spine is out of balance, we may experience a shortness of breath caused by a stress response. A misaligned vertebrae at the base of our skull can create pressure on our brain causing the release of stress hormones, putting us in a flight or flight response. Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure and help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our natural state of relaxation.
Use this months downloadable worksheet to tune into your breath and set intentions to address any issues you may be experiencing.
Here are my intentions so you can see how simple this can be:
If you commit to a regular conscious breathing practice and still find yourself anxious and out of sorts it may be time to visit a Chiropractor. Click here to read more on Chiropractic Care.