The mind-body approach of breathwork is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve stress resilience and is a great way to refresh your brain after a year’s worth of pandemic stress.
When we change our pattern of breathing we change the messages going from the respiratory system to the brain. Breathing is connected to all aspects of our physiological, psychological, and emotional states—so by changing it we can impact the whole system. We can use it to reset from a tension-promoting state to a recovery state.
One of the easiest mind-body rituals is a breathing technique called Box Breathing. It’s a technique for calming, refining focus, and relaxing the nervous system. It works on the principle that slowing down your breathing helps increase your oxygen intake and releases tension.
How to do Box Breathing:
- Close your eyes and inhale for a count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of four.
- Exhale for a count of four.
- Hold for a count of four.
- Repeat this cycle for 1-2 minutes or longer.