Dealing with stress – box-breathing a relaxation technique used in the war against tantrums
- Everyone gets stressed at times and being a mother can be extra stressful. Pregnancy discomfort, hormone imbalance and toddler tantrums are just some of the crazy things moms have to deal with.
So imagine a technique that enables you to deal with stress, even in a warzone!
Box breathing is a relaxation technique used by some Special Forces soldiers when they are being shot at, so it should help with the next most stressful thing – being a mom!
Box-breathing: how to do it
- To begin the practice, expel all of the air from your chest.
- Keep your lungs empty for a four-count hold.
- Then, perform your inhalation through the nose for four counts.
- Hold the air in your lungs for a four-count hold. When you hold your breath, do not clamp down and create back pressure. Rather, maintain an expansive, open feeling even though you are not inhaling.
- When ready, release the hold and exhale smoothly through your nose for four counts. This is one circuit of the box-breathing practice.
- Keep repeating the steps for about 3-5 minutes and you should soon feel calm and relaxed.
This technique is taught by Mark Devine a Navy Seal in the US Special Forces. If you find yourself in a war with a toddler and about to lose your temper, just try this out and let yourself relax. You should be ready for peaceful negotiations in no time!
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