Health and Well-Being

Relieve Stress With This Simple Breathing Technique

Relieve stress watching the sun set in the peace of a country setting. Titoki, New Zealand.

Return to the peace of a country setting with the Éiriú Eolas breathing technique. Learn how to “pipe breathe” to relieve stress in your life and to lull yourself to sleep if you should wake during the night and start tossing and turning. (See video below)

Some years ago I had to move off a beautiful island that the rich pay millions to build on. When I first moved there, people praised it as being the perfect place for artists and writers to live, yet during the last five months of a seven-year-stay it became a living hell. Most days (and yes, even Sundays), I had to wear ear plugs to block out excessive and irritating noise, or relieve my stress by leaving the house to seek respite on an isolated walking track.

To my great consternation, the noise had steadily increased over the years to the point where it reached a crescendo of loud music and screaming twins next door; ongoing building construction around me with compressors and nail guns and even the occasional jack hammer thrown in; a chorus of chainsaws, brush cutters and lawn mowers echoing up from, and across the valley; jam sessions with electric guitars and drums and amplifiers turned up for maximum effect; increased traffic from an unprecedented influx of summer tourists; and…and… Then there were the parties that continued into the early hours of the morning, voices and music increasing in volume with the amount of alcohol consumed.

Finally I went to the doctor feeling quite ill.

“I’ve got to leave the island,” I blurted out even before I sat down. My blood pressure was up, the highest it’s ever been, and I could feel it. Yes, excessive, irritating noise can raise blood pressure Dr. Judith Orloff warns us in her book, Emotional Freedom. Of course it did not help that my long-held patience with the noise had suddenly given way to frustration and anger because there was no switch to turn the noise off.

Having no control over the noise, I became aware that I did have control over where I chose to live, and so I made the decision to move off the island to the quiet and solitude of an isolated country setting.

But before the sound of only wind and birds could comfort me, I needed to learn how to naturally return my body to a relaxed and peaceful state amid all that jarring noise while I prepared to leave the island. It was like manna from heaven when I chanced upon a stress relief breathing and meditation program called Éiriú Eolas, and learned about “pipe breathing.”

All it takes is twelve breaths to relax from a stressed state. And you can even do this at the office without anyone becoming aware of what you are doing. I also used this breathing technique to bring down my blood pressure. An added bonus is that when I am wakeful at night, tossing and turning, these twelve breaths soon have me nodding off to sleep again.

To learn the technique of “pipe breathing” watch the video below (at 26:21) presented by Laura Knight-Jadczyk. Learn how to master not only your breath, but also your emotional responses to difficult and trying situations. Happy breathing!

I recommend watching the whole video to learn how stress impacts your body, and the important role played by breathing to stimulate the vagus nerve to calm the body’s stress response.

Laura Knight-Jadczyk has significantly updated this video and introduced other types of breathing techniques she has worked with and developed over twenty years. Visit the website to find out more about the Éiriú Eolas breathing program.

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