In our day-to-day activities, we find some tasks that prove to be difficult, challenging and stressful. The desire to shoot a gun is one of those activities because you have so many shooting fundamentals from concentration, correct alignment, reducing movement, and focusing correctly. In the process, anxiety and excitement may rise and make it difficult to have the required calmness to take the shot. To make sure that you get the spot on the bull’s eye, you need to avoid any nervousness. From time immemorial, experts know that breathing in, focusing and meditating practices have known to help you relax and get your shot.
Many experts recommend a breathing technique that will help you to relax even when you are unable to do it. The theory behind the technique is that by simply shifting your attention to breathing, leaving everything else out, it will help you to relax and take away all anxiety, guilt and unhappiness. While shooting, breath control is as important as any other fundamental such as basic trigger control, sight alignment or proper grip.
The breathing control method in topic is called the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique. It involves three easy steps, takes a short time, requires no equipment, is free and can be done from anywhere. The first step is to close your mouth and taking a deep breath through your nose quietly for four seconds. The second requires you to hold your breath for about seven seconds, and the last is to breathe out slowly, deeply and completely but audibly. This should be done through the mouth for eight seconds while making a whooshing noise. This helps to exhale more carbon dioxide. The effect behind the deep breathing is that it allows more oxygen to flow to your brain and permits more carbon dioxide to be emitted from your lungs.
Research by recognized medical doctors shows that this breathing technique is like a reaction, which slows down your heart rate and in the end, allows you to relax. The method has been employed in yoga meditation, shooting classes and other areas. One is supposed to find out how many sets of 4-7-8 he/she is supposed to do. Some people have reported that they only require two sets to fall asleep, but this may change from one person to another. The trick about this control is that after a set, you require to breathe in sufficient air or otherwise pose yourself a risk of passing out.
The basic principle here is based on intense research that shows that the human body has an inbuilt stress reliever, which while at work, brings a positive effect to our hearts and brain. Everybody wants to have an accurate shot but by norm, when you are anxiously waiting to shoot, adrenaline rapidly runs in your blood, your heartbeat increases, breathing becomes rapid and stress levels increase. For you to hold your breath for seven seconds and breathe out for eight, the rate of the above processes will be automatically slowed down and, in the long run, bring a calming response to your shooting.