Better breathing seems to be just about the simplest lifehack there is so lately I've been trying a couple of ways to improve that part of my life.
Last year I tried one way of breathing recommended by Anthony Robbins.
Basically, what you did was breathe in while counting to 1, hold your breath while counting to 4 and breathe out again while counting to 2.
Robbins wrote that you should take 10 of these breaths, three times a day (morning, evening and before going to bed).
I tried it for about two weeks, and I guess I might have done something wrong, but it only made feel a bit woozy and overall more tired.
The last few weeks I've tried out a different approach. This one's called belly breathing and it's pretty common. The curious reader can get a lot more information by simply googling the term.
So far it's been more successful compared to Robbins approach. I've noticed that belly breathing makes me feel more energized and clearheaded. It also brings a sense of calmness and sweeps away negative mental chatter.
Here's how I go about it:
- Sit in a relaxing position with your legs apart.
- Put your hands on your stomach. Using your stomach breathe in slowly through your nose. If you are doing it right your stomach will expand and you'll feel it with your hands.
- Breathe out slowly through your nose and do it with some force so you feel your stomach pull slightly inwards towards your spine.
- Breathe in and out for about 30 times. Take deep and slow breaths.
After you have taken 30 breaths and focused on counting them you should not only feel more relaxed and centered. Your body will also be able to continue breathing in this manner without you focusing on it.
That's it. Continue with your normal day.
I try to repeat this short exercise about 3-5 times a day to teach my body to eventually shift into belly breathing full-time.