Self-Care: Square Breathing

One of our favourite ways to mindfully slow down is to practise square breathing.

This concept has been positively associated with everything from better sleep and improved heart health to reduced anxiety and depression. It’s also a great stress reliever and an excellent way to calm down a worried and anxiety-filled mind.

The Practice of Square Breathing

  • Simply inhale for a count of 4 then hold your breath for a count of 4
  • Breathe out slowly counting to 4 then rest while holding your breath for a count of 4 to complete to square
  • Repeat as many times as you like
  • You can increase the counts to 6 then 8 if you feel comfortable.


  • Jen

    Jen is the mama of the On The Slow Lane family. She is an accidental over-achiever and a reformed workaholic. Jen was formerly an online marketing agency owner for 11 years and was also the founder of I Ate My Way Through, an award-winning food & travel blog and food tours/events company. After what feels like a lifetime of unconscious over-consumption, she transitioned to being vegan almost four years ago and has been trying to live more mindfully and consciously since.

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