Breathe Easy To Settle Your Mind

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Welcome to day 2 of the Meditate & Recalibrate challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.

Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment, so that eventually, you may start to better understand them as well. 

Certain breathing patterns are forms of meditation that can help quiet your mind and relax your body. The one will try tonight is called the 4-7-8 technique, and it’s perfect for calming and clearing your thoughts. Also called the “relaxing breath,” it’s based on an ancient yogic practice called pranayama. It reduces anxiety and can help you fall asleep faster.

To try it, follow these steps:
  1. Inhale for a count of 4 seconds
  2. Hold for 7 seconds
  3. Exhale for 8 seconds
  4. Repeat 3 or 4 times to start
How did you feel after trying the 4-7-8 technique? Let us know here or reply to us on Twitter. Better yet show us! Post a photo in our private Facebook group or Instagram. Remember to tag us with #healthynurse!

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jun 9, 2020 6:09 PM America/Chicago

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The 478 is practical. Although I fall asleep if laying!
  • Posted Sat 19 Jun 2021 04:35 PM CDT
I am most often accustomed to focused meditation with media aids. Anyone have success with other methods they could share to inspire. 
  • Posted Wed 10 Jun 2020 02:25 AM CDT

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