I am extremely fortunate to have two little girls that I see every day. My youngest is three months old and my oldest is almost three years old. There are many things I have learned from both of them, but there is one thing I noticed about each of them as newborns. They breathed properly, immediately. I find it interesting that we start out breathing properly and then we shift somewhere along the way. Let’s explore why.
In Nancy Weil’s book “If Stress Doesn’t Kill You, Your Family Might”, she offers highly effective ways to reduce stress and enjoy your life more freely. Nancy addresses one of the silent killers in this country, and how to overcome it on a daily basis. Stress creates panic, worry, tension, emotional disarray, improper breathing, and a variety of other A.N.T.s (Automatic Negative Thoughts) too lengthy to mention. One specific way to overcome daily stress is through proper breathing, and here is what Nancy recommends.
Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly. Take a few breaths and notice which hand is moving. If it is your upper hand, you are stress breathing. If it is your lower hand, you are breathing deeply (and properly) from your diaphragm. Once you have mastered the art of proper breathing, try “The 4-4-4 Breath”. It goes like this:
1 – Inhale while counting to four very slowly.
2 – Hold your breath for a slow count of four.
3 – Exhale to a slow count of four.
Five to ten exhales of this simple exercise will leave you feeling calm and very relaxed. This exercise is so enjoyable and works extremely well. It is like taking a brief time out from life, or a mini vacation. A quick tip to remember this exercise is to try it right now, or think about 4x4x4 = 64. Upon completing this exercise you will feel 64 times more relaxed
Relaxation through proper breathing may be the most simplistic way to improve your game. Relaxation is not just about overcoming first tee jitters or swinging freely, it is so much more than that. It provides you a quiet mind and body, allowing you to stay focused on your process, regardless of your results. It provides the clarity to think objectively under pressure, or after hitting a shot out of bounds. Relaxation also provides calm when the group in front of you decides to make it their longest round of the year. By relaxing daily and improving your breathing technique, you will play better golf and enjoy more of what each day offers.
To incorporate Nancy’s 4-4-4 breathing tip into your life, grab a copy of her book today. To receive your 15% discount on the book, use the promo code ANTS. Click here to order now.
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