In this short video (1:23) I share the 4 steps to Square Breathing.
This is a technique I learned to stop my Panic Attacks without the use of any medication.
Step 1: Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds
Step 2: HOLD that breathe for 4 seconds
Step 3: Breathe out through your mouth for 4 seconds
Step 4: HOLD that breath out for 4 seconds (this is the most important part of the exercise as most of us are told to "Breathe" but not how or why. If you don't hold your breath after expelling your air and start breathing again right away you run the risk of hyperventilating. The HOLD helps prevents CO2 build-up in your system.
I take this exercise further and increase each count by one, up to 8 seconds for each step. By the time I reach my 8 HOLD Seconds when I have breathed out, I am calm and focused.
I hope this helps you stay calm in this time of stress!
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