Keepin’ It Real – De-stress in under ONE minute

Life is stressful. Let’s just say it like it is.

Unless you live in a cave or a bubble, to be a human is to deal with stress in your life.   

One of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle is to learn and practice ways of neutralizing the harmful effects of stress on the mind and the body.

Wax on, wax off baby.

I’m gonna show you how you can live longer and be happier in under ONE minute. 

How about this for motivation: the main hormone that controls stress is Cortisol.

Cortisol is toxic to nerve cells in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that mediates memory and emotion. It literally kills them.

The good news is that there are many ways to manage stress!

  • Yoga
  • Guided Relaxation/Meditation
  • Sleep
  • Hot Baths
  • Listening to Relaxing Music
  • Breathing techniques 

It’s called 4-7-8 Breath

  • Start by blowing all the air out of your mouth 

  • Close your mouth and quietly breath in through your nose for 4 counts

  • Hold your breath for a count of 7

  • Blow the air out of your mouth for a count of 8

  • Repeat this 4 times

Start with only 4 cycles at a time, and gradually build up to 8 cycles. The first time I tried it, I got lightheaded. That’s ok, it’ll go away. Do this at least twice a day, every day.  I do it first thing in the morning and right before bed. Do it standing, sitting, or lying down.

If you stick with this and do it every day, after eight weeks, the changes you will see in yourself will be incredible.

If someone cuts you off in traffic, you have junk food cravings, your household is in chaos, you’re kids are screaming, you’re doing your taxes: Do this exercise!

Give it a shot for a week and see what happens. Leave us a comment and keep us posted on your progress!

We also have a FREE Relaxation and Meditation Guide if you want more ideas to chill out.



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  1. Awesome technique use it often. Definitely need to get use to it. Very light headed but it definitely works especially for anxiety!

  2. Hi Kelly, first off, I miss you on GH !!!! Go Back !!! Second, your breathing exercise is kinda what I do at night when i wake wide awake during the night. I Breathe in through my nose really slow and deep and imagine its the waves washing up on the beach, then exhale really slow and imagine the current pulling the waves back out. Usually I will fall back to sleep. Have a great day.