When you feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed did you know those feelings have a direct impact on your breathing? A simple way to immediately regulate yourself is by practicing breathwork. Breathwork refers to various breathing exercises or techniques that can be used to improve your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. There’s a mind-body connection with breathing. With breathwork you are consciously controlling your breathing. Deep, conscious breathing can foster a stronger connection to bodily sensations, helping you become more attuned to your physical and emotional experiences. Practicing conscious breathing is also a tool you can use when you are looking for answers, directions and clarity in life. The goal is to slow down, connect with your breath and go inward. When we struggle with decisions it’s often because our racing mind is either in the past or the future, but answers come when you are in the present moment. While there are a variety of techniques, I find great benefits with Box Breathing, also referred to as square breathing. When I need to slow down and really tune into my body to get answers I get still and do a few minutes of box breathing.
Box Breathing Steps
Breathe in through your nose as you slowly count to four in your head.
Hold your breath for a count of four.
Exhale for another count of four.
Hold your breath again for a count of four.
Repeat for three to four rounds.
Breathing helps bring you into the present moment. When you are in the present you are more conscious, which leads to clear answers. So, when you’re looking for answers and clarity, don’t forget to Slow Down and Breathe. If you need help learning how to incorporate breathwork into your life, let’s connect.