Sometimes when you’re feeling stress creeping into your body, it can be difficult to step back to fully engage in a mindfulness activity, especially if it’s not yet part of your everyday habit.
A quick way to bring on the relaxation response is to use the 4-7-8 breath:
Breathe in slowly through your nose for a count of four
Gently hold that breath for a count of seven, or as long as it’s comfortable
Slowly release the breath for a count of eight through your mouth
Repeat these steps three times (in three sets)
This trick can often quickly interrupt anxiety thinking, calming your body and mind.