Tis the season
Tis the season of busy schedules, end of year benefits and for us in the optical world; a little extra stress. I have worked through anxiety and stress with the help of Pinterest, friends and family, and even a few professionals… but never have I found something more helpful than the method I’m going to share with you in this post. I don’t know if it has an actual name, but it helps me calm down after an angry patient, it helps me fall asleep and I know it can help you too!
It’s easy, you just inhale quietly for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then exhale for 8 seconds. That’s it. You can repeat it as many times as necessary to slow your heart rate back to normal, and you can do it anywhere!
A quick google search reveals that this seems to be a well-known stress relief method, but I hadn’t heard of it until recently. Alternative medicine guru Andrew Weil, M.D. writes on his website,
If you take a second to use this exercise before answering a confrontational patient, or before jumping into the next interaction, it will help to re-center yourself, clear your thoughts and hopefully service your patients even better!
Good luck this holiday season everyone!!