The box breath: a relaxing technique to calm and focus when you need it

The box breath: a relaxing technique to calm and focus when you need it

Have you ever heard of “box breathing”? a relatively intense breath pattern that can help you unwind! Learn how to use it to your advantage!

What is both breathing?

Box breathing is a technique that focuses on 4-4-4-4 breathing. It is unusual because it is evenly timed inhales, holds and exhales.

Box breathing is a technique that focuses on 4-4-4-4 breathing.

When should you use this technique?

When you need to feel relaxed but you have to be alert at the same time –for example before uncomfortable conversations or before entering an important meeting–; it is perfect for when you need a quick hit of calm.

You can use this technique when you need to feel relaxed but you have to be alert at the same time.

The technique

  1. Inhale through the nose for 4 seconds.
  2. Hold your breath (on full) for 4 seconds.
  3. Exhale out of the mouth for 4 seconds.
  4. Hold your breath (on empty) for 4 seconds.

You can start by doing this sequence four times (about a minute of controlled breathing), then you can repeat the sequence for longer if you feel like you need it. It is not recommended for more than 20 minutes because it can cause lightheadedness.

The hardest part is holding your breath after the exhale –this will feel unnatural at first.

The benefits

Although it might seem a bit uncomfortable when you first start practicing it, if you are gentle and start things slowly, in time you will have a relaxing tool that comes in handy in stressful situations.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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