12 breathing exercises to help you relax in minutes
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4-7-8 X 7 breathing exercise
If you’re feeling anxious and want to relax right away, this is one of the best breathing exercises to try. Breathe in through your nose while counting to four, hold your breath and count to seven, and then exhale through your mouth while counting to eight. Repeat this pattern seven times. As a bonus, chiropractor Jason Piken, a certified nutrition specialist and health coach, says to keep your tongue pressed against the back of your front teeth. This way, when you exhale through your mouth, you’ll make a slight hissing sound.