Friday, 26 October 2012
7-11 breathing: How does deep breathing make you feel more relaxed?
Breathing techniques in which the out-breath is the same length as the in-breath, or during which you focus on your anxious thoughts (as advocated in the above Daily Mail article) are generally less effective at quickly lowering the physical symptoms of anxiety, despite being a good way of being mindful or entering into a relaxed state.
Which breathing technique should I use?
On our Human Givens College training courses, we teach a technique called '7-11' breathing because it's the most powerful technique we know.
Here is how you do it, and it is as easy as it sounds:
1 - breathe in for a count of 7.
2 - then breathe out for a count of 11.
This 7/11 breathing technique for relaxing quickly is the most powerful we know and has been used for thousands of years throughout the world.