What is box breathing
Box breathing is a powerful breathing technique that aims to regulate heart rate back to its normal rhythm. People use box breathing in stressful situations to help ground/reset themselves and increase their focus.
Box breathing is quick to learn, easy to do and can be used by anyone.
Why use box breathing
There are a number of benefits of box breathing:
Regulates heart rate
Decreases the stress hormone (cortisol)
Increases mental clarity and focus
Positively influences mental well-being
Can take your mind off things that could be causing anxiety
How to do box breathing
Box breathing can be done anywhere (as long as it's in a safe environment). It can be done standing but we recommend sitting down with your back supported and your feet on the floor.
Breathe in through your nose slowly for 4 seconds, inflating your lungs fully.
Hold your breath lungs fully inflated for another 4 seconds.
Slowly exhale for 4 seconds.
Hold your breath lungs empty for 4 seconds.
It's as simple as that, repeat this for as long as you need, we found 3 minutes to be the optimum time.
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