Breathe for stress-relief. Breathe for energy.
Are mid-term exams or work projects turning your palms sweaty?
Are you scared of the dark?
Are you tired beyond belief?
Conscious breathing techniques have been a game-changer for our family lately. I caught my teen daughter using energizing breathing techniques this past week while prepping for exams (despite her skepticism when I use similar techniques). Our 7-year old twins are going through a period of being scared of the dark. They are using the box-breathing technique outlined below to calm their nerves and fall asleep soundly. For me, breathing for stress-relief or energy has always been a coping mechanism, but my bigger challenge is not annoying my cubicle neighbors in the office if I breathe too loudly.
Check out these breathing techniques depending on your need:
Box Breathing for Stress Relief and Sound Sleep
Visualize breathing while working your way around a 4-sided box for each step below. Visualize breathing in calm light energy and pushing out dark energy.
- Breathe deeply in through your nose for a count of 5
- Hold your breath for a count of 5
- Exhale through your mouth for a count of 5
- Hold for a count of 5
Repeat 4 times
This video is great to share with the kids in your life:
Energetic Breathing Technique
Breathing with more intensity and more deeply floods the body with oxygen and provides an instant energy boost.
- Breathe in deeply and with some force through the nose while lightly bouncing (to a count of 3)
- Breath out forcefully through the nose while continuing to bounce (to a count of 3)
Repeat 10 times.
Pauline and I wish you a stress-free day, happiness, and vibrant energy. You’ve got this handled! Just breathe.
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