Wellness Wednesday- Box Breathing



It feels nearly impossible at times to quiet our mind and get a moment's peace to ourselves. Without being equipped with the right tools it can be that much harder.


One of the biggest strategies I have personally implemented (and have introduced my clients to) is "box breathing". This is not some "woo-woo" feel good strategy with no logical backing... it is a physiologically proven strategy to begin the shift from our "fight or flight" system to our "rest and digest" system.


By slowing our breathing down significantly, specifically with the "in through the nose, out through the mouth" belly breathing, we actually activate what is called our Vagus Nerve. This nerve is responsible for activating our parasympathetic (rest/digest) functions of our heart, lungs, and digestive system. This leads to a decreased heart rate and a calm, relaxed mind.


In our rested state we are much more receptive to learning, performing creative tasks, and cultivating a deep meaningful focus. I personally use this when I am sitting down to read, when I am about to begin a thought heavy work task, when I am diving into meditation, and when I am getting ready for bed.


This is the first wellness tool I strive to teach because it is incredibly powerful! Give it a try next time you are looking to shift to a more calm, rested state.



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