What is 4-7-8 belly breathing?

4-7-8 belly breathing

  1. Lie on your back or sit in a comfortable position. For comfort when lying down, you can put a pillow under your head and knees.
  2. Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
  3. Take a deep, slow breath through your nose and into your belly. Silently count to 4 as you breathe in.

    You should feel the hand on your belly move out, while the hand on your chest does not move.

  4. Hold your breath, and silently count from 1 to 7.
  5. Breathe out through your mouth. Breathe out completely as you silently count from 1 to 8.

    Try to get all the air out of your lungs by the time you count to 8.

  6. Repeat these steps 3 to 5 times.

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