Five minutes to calm (or sleep)

Dr Sara Gottfried is a Harvard trained gynaecologist with 20+ years of experience, and a highly sought-after specialist on women’s hormone health. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling books, The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet.

I stumbled across Dr Gottfried at the height of my hormonal haywire and found her book compelling stuff. If you’re feeling all kinds of blah, her work might help.

But right now, in this moment, if you’ve just endured a busy, stressful rush, Dr Sara has some fabulous, FAST breathing tricks.

In this video Dr Sara walks you through her five-minute fix for calming down or getting back to sleep.

And I just read in this blog post of hers, which talks about four particular hormones’ impact on weight loss, this other gem of a breathing exercise that’s great for reducing the stress hormone cortisol. It goes like this:

“As you’re sitting there, simply breathe in through your nose, hold, and count to four. (Make sure to breathe into your belly — it should expand). Then let the air out through your mouth until it’s all gone. Pause for one second and breath in again. Repeat this simple exercise eight times and you’ll reset your stress response. It’s that easy.”

Dr Sara uses this trick with her patients and family. I’ve already road-tested it a number of times and it works for me. I hope it does for you too. Let me know in the comments.





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