Breathing is essential. It is part of life. When we get stressed our breathing tends to get short and shallow. To prevent this or just to relax, here are two very simple breathing techniques.
Take a breath, inhaling for 3 seconds. Hold your breath for 3 seconds. Breathe out for 3 seconds. Repeat this for 10 cycles. When you get more used to this breathing technique you can increase the time to inhale, hold and exhale for 5 seconds each.
Print out a card of Triangular breathing to keep in your pocket and remind you to do this a couple of times a day.
Square breathing is the same as triangular breathing, but with an extra hold. Inhale for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 3 seconds, exhale for 3 seconds and hold on empty for 3 seconds. As with triangular breathing, you can increase the time to 5 seconds when you feel comfortable doing so.
Print out a card of Triangular breathing and Square breathing to take with you as a reminder to practice a few times a day.