Here is a Quick Way to Better Breathing

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.

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  • Nice tip. Do you recommend doing this in a quiet room with your eyes closed or does that not matter?

    I feel so much more relaxed when I’m able to breath deeply – so breathing “correctly” for me is definitely important.

  • Thanks for the comment, Hannes. I do it with my eyes open and pretty much everywhere like when riding the bus/train or when sitting in front of the computer or while lying in my bed watching tv or reading.

  • Pathan Imran Khan

    Hey Henrik,

    Thanks for providing tips. i am really inspired by this tip and would like to ask that is it recommended to implement this tip at early morning. As i feel more relaxed and composed to start a day with a bang. sometimes, friends and people around me laugh and make me a object of mockery and i feel depressed after performing the act.

  • hui

    Nice.I would recommend doing some yoga breathing excersices those turned out to be really great. like the “Om”

  • This post is just what I needed, today. I’ve tried the Tony Robbins method and felt as you did…thought I was doing it wrong. So nice to know it wasn’t just me!

  • Michal

    But Robbins method was also about belly breathing, just with a pattern. At least I understood it like that, and in that form it made me feel much better :)

  • Alyssa

    I could be wrong but my physical therapist told me that your stomach shouldn’t expand when you breathe, only your rib cage and chest cavity. If you breathe using your stomach, you’re actually making it harder on your body. When I do breathing exercises I usually place my hands over the base of my ribs and top of my stomach to make sure I’m doing it correctly.

    Not sure if that’s of any help, but it’s a thought.

  • Sky

    The natural way of breathing is through your diaphragm (which sits in your ribcage and makes your stomache expand automatically ) as we get older we get into the bad habit of breathing through the chest which is bad because that way your body does not get all the oxygen it needs which also causes people to hyperventilate. If you look at your dog or any animal or at a baby you see that they breath through the diaphragm. Also if you watch singers that sing correctly yiu see that they breath thourgh the diaphragm to bring out their voice (guess why babys can scream so loud). Doing the above exercises and just being a bit more aware of how you breath will help your health a lot. I hope that helped.

    P.S- Anthony Robbins asks you to breath through your diaphragm ;)

    here is a link to a picture of where the diaphragm sits so you can be more aware of how to breath