Meditation and yoga are generally practiced to be unaffected by stress, overcome stress or relax the body. Breathing exercises exist as a cornerstone to a clear mind and a relaxed body. Box breathing is a simple relaxation technique that helps to clear the mind and improve focus. An easy-to-learn technique that helps in improving mental well-being, box breathing is effective for treating people in stressful situations.
Its mostly individuals in stressful jobs, such as soldiers or police officers, who practice box breathing to help themselves out of fight-or-flight situation. But, in general, it can be practiced by anyone hoping to improve their concentration skills and focusing abilities. It’s a practical and easy technique that can be performed anywhere-right at your workspace or at a restaurant. All that you need is a comfortable chair to sit.
Our body’s functioning indicates a lot many things and breathing is one among them. Enabling the body to leave the fight-or-flight mode and calming one’s breathing routine works great on the mind and body. In the fight-or-flight mode the body releases hormones that are responsible for the heart beating faster, breath becoming rapid and blood sugar levels to shoot up quickly. Experiencing these changes for a couple of seconds is acceptable but undergoing them too often or for too long is not good for the body. This kind of stress puts the body at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, headache and high blood pressure. Practicing box breathing allows the body to outdo stress and enter a state of calm.
Practicing box breathing has a couple of advantages attached to its kitty:
With just four simple steps box breathing remains as one of the easiest and practical ways to reduce stress and enable a sense of calm. It can be easily added to our daily routine as a sure-shot way to relax our body.
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