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.