Take a Deep Box Breath

Some people might handle it better, but if you’re breathing, stress happens.

Anyone else feeling a bit stressed these days?

I super admire people who seem unflappable, like nothing ever stresses them out. Also, I don’t believe for a second that they have it all under control. Some people might handle it better, but if you’re breathing, stress happens.

So, if stress is common, let’s face it like the strong women we are. The best thing we can do is pull out our toolbox—all those practical things we can learn to help us address whatever problem we’re facing.

Today’s tool is Box Breathing. Think of it as a simple, rhythmic breathing technique that gives your mind a break and tells your body to simmer.

It’s so easy to do. You can do it anywhere. Sitting, standing, lying in bed or driving in your car. Frustrated with a test? Take a box breath. Mad at your sis? Take a box breath. Annoyed with the Starbucks line? Take five box breaths and then order that latte like a boss.

So how do you do it? Basically, you’re counting and breathing your way around an imaginary box. The box is a visual for your mind; the counting is a signal to your nervous system to get it together.

Here we go. Sit or stand up straight wherever you are. Let the air out of your lungs and start the journey around that imaginary box. Eyes opened or closed—up to you.

Side 1: Inhale for a count of 4.

Side 2: Hold your breath for a count of 4.

Side 3: Exhale for 4.

Side 4: Hold for 4.

And repeat: Four times is great or you can try it for four minutes—whatever your body needs.

Box breathing is easy to learn and memorable, which makes it a great tool. Make it your own and practice it daily. It’s totally your tool, and the more you use it, the better it gets.

Feeling stressed? Take a box breath (or ten) and breathe your way to a healthy reset.

What’s your magic box breath number?



  1. Mia says:

    Love this! Definitely coming back again!

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