The Montauk lifestyle represents slowing down and enjoying life and living in the moment- but stress can always creep in. Stress is one of the worst detriments to our health: weight, longevity, organ function, and quality of life are all negatively impacted. .
When I feel myself getting wound up, I use Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing practice. It shifts our nervous system away from the sympathetic predominance (which makes us feel that jittery, adrenaline, heart racing stress) and allows the parasympthetic nervous system to take over and keep us calm. Our bodies are equipped with everything we need to feel great. We just need to listen to it.
FROM MINDBODYGREEN, HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT:
Sit up straight in a chair.
Place the tip of your tongue up against the roof of your mouth. Keep it there through the entire breathing process.
Breathe in silently through your nose to the slow count of 4.
Hold your breath to the count of 7.
Exhale through your mouth to the count of 8, making a slight audible sound.
Repeat the 4-7-8 cycle another three times, for a total of four breathing exercises.
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Take a deep breath- breathe in the good, breathe out the bad. Repeat until whatever is bothering you is put into perspective.