Breathing is one of the most basic necessities of human life, so it's easy to think we all have mastered it since birth, right? Well, yes, but not entirely. Different breathing techniques have all sorts of health benefits, from reducing anxiety, lowering blood pressure, increasing cardiovascular health, boosting stamina, and more! In this app, we have multiple breathing exercises for various purposes. Check out the "Why?" section to find out what each breathing exercise is meant to accomplish!
Here is a list of each breathing exercise offered:
- 7/11 Breathing: This is a general deep breathing exercise intended to allow oneself to regain composure and focus in nearly any situation. In this exercise, you will inhale deeply for 7 seconds, and exhale for 11. Allowing yourself to focus on controlling and pace your breath helps to bring clarity and composure to you physically and mentally. USE IF YOU WANT: general focus, general stress relief.
- Pursed Lip Breathing: This exercise will allow you to slow down and control the pace of your breathing by forcing you to apply extra effort to each breath. By pursing your lips when exhaling, it slows your exhale, which can help in cases of hyperventilating and short breaths. USE IF YOU WANT: to calm yourself when hyperventilating, to slow your breathing, to feel relaxed.
- Coherent Breathing: Coherent breathing is a tool to manage heart rate variability (HRV). If you feel your heart racing or beating irregularly, especially due to stress, fear, or anxiety, this is a good tool to get it back to normal. For this exercise, breathe in so long as the indicator says "Inhale" (for a length of 5 seconds) and breathe out when it says "Exhale" (for a length of 5 seconds). USE IF YOU WANT: to manage a pounding or arrhythmic heartbeat, reduce anxiety, come back to a sense of focus, improve negative moods.
Scroll down to the app section at the bottom of the page and select the tab for the breathing exercise you want to try. Follow the directions in the given tab to get started, and don't forget to breathe!
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You want more? We will be coming out with more exercises and apps like this in the future! Check the "Resources" tab at the top, or scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe for updates when more are available!