Feeling anxious? Pay attention to how you are breathing. Chances are good you will notice that your breaths have become fast and shallow.
This is one of the reasons we often feel dizzy or light-headed when we panic. We feel like we can’t get enough air, but we are actually hyperventilating.
When we breathe like this, our bodies get the message, “We are in danger.”
That makes us feel more tense and anxious, and reinforces the behaviour.
The result is a vicious feedback loop.
But thankfully, our breathing is something we can control. And with one simple breathing exercise, you can disrupt that loop and return to a more relaxed state.
Ever wonder how Navy SEALs are able to keep their cool under pressure?
It turns out they use a special technique referred to as “box breathing.”
The entire technique involves just four easy steps. Here is how to do it:
1. Empty your lungs completely of all air. Then count to four.
2. Inhale slowly through your nose, counting to four as you do so.
3. Hold your breath for another count of four.
4. Breathe out slowly through your nose for a count of four.
That’s it. It is that simple!
A few quick notes about this technique:
The best thing about box breathing is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. Whether you are stuck in traffic, lying in bed, watching TV, or sitting in a meeting, you can breathe slowly in and out.
Once your body gets that “reset,” your mind should feel more relaxed too.
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