It’s been a stressful few weeks. The dogs are fighting a lot, the internet barely works (you have no idea how long this post took to write), and last night there was a red wine accident on the carpet. So, you know the standard, everyday stress. But lately it feels like it’s building. And I don’t like it! But instead of just letting the stress happen to me (like I used to do) I’ve decided to take control. Through a great breathing technique.
Easy-Peasy Stress Relieving Breath
The breath is one of the most useful tools we have to settle our mind and relieve stress. This advanced breathing technique is really quite simple and accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time.
It’s called Square Breath. It’s super easy to remember how to do because you do it just the way it sounds.
The beginning breath ratio is 4 x 4 x 4 x 4.
Easy right? Start with a really deep breath in and just release it.
Then seal your lips and:
- breathe in through your nose for 4 counts
- hold the inhale for 4 counts
- exhale through your nose for 4 counts
- hold the exhale of 4 counts
That’s one round. In as little as 5 rounds you can completely shift your mind towards more peaceful thoughts.
Here’s an audio guide for you. Go ahead and download it to your phone or computer and use it any time life seems to run away with you.
Looking at a sunset usually helps too…