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Self-Care Tips: Breathing Techniques

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At W.I.S.E. we are committed to supporting your well-being both at home and at the office we call it: wellness @home and wellness @work . If you are new to self-care habits we will give you the tips and support to achieve it, the only thing you need to put in is a good attitude: YOU can DO IT! The wellness journey starts with small habits that are performed consistently, once you get used to some habits it means you are ready to add more habits or make the ones you practice a bit harder. Remember, small changes can lead to significant improvements over time. Take good care of yourself!

Breathing techniques are powerful tools for self-care and well-being, as they can help to reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall mental and physical health. Here are a few techniques along with their benefits and examples of how to use them:

  1. Deep Breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing):

    • Benefits: Deep breathing helps to activate the body’s relaxation response, reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and improves oxygen flow to the brain.
    • Example: Find a comfortable seated position or lie down. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your abdomen to rise as you fill your lungs with air. Exhale slowly through your mouth, feeling your abdomen fall. Repeat for several breaths.
  2. Box Breathing (Square Breathing):

    • Benefits: Box breathing helps to regulate the breath, calm the mind, and improve focus and concentration. It can also be used as a quick relaxation technique in stressful situations.
    • Example: Inhale deeply for a count of four seconds, hold your breath for four seconds, exhale slowly for four seconds, and then hold your breath again for four seconds. Repeat this cycle for several rounds.
  3. Alternate Nostril Breathing:

    • Benefits: Alternate nostril breathing helps to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, reduce stress, and promote mental clarity and relaxation.
    • Example: Sit comfortably with your spine straight. Use your right thumb to close your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril. Then, close your left nostril with your ring finger and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through the right nostril, then close it, and exhale through the left nostril. Continue alternating nostrils for several rounds.

Consistency is key when it comes to establishing healthy breathing habits. Here are some tips to help you stay consistent:

Tips for Consistency and Integration:

These tips can be used for other healthy habits, consider it as a basic rule. High-five!
  1. Incorporate Breathing into Daily Routine: Set aside specific times during the day to practice breathing exercises, such as in the morning upon waking, during breaks at work, or before bedtime.

  2. Start Small: Begin with just a few minutes of breathing practice each day and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable.

  3. Use Reminders: Set reminders on your phone or place sticky notes in visible locations to prompt you to practice breathing exercises regularly.

  4. Pair Breathing with Other Activities: Associate breathing exercises with other daily habits, such as brushing your teeth or waiting for a traffic light to change, to make them easier to remember.

  5. Stay Patient and Persistent: Consistency takes time and effort, so be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress along the way. Remember that even just a few minutes of breathing practice each day can have significant benefits for your well-being.

By incorporating these breathing techniques into your daily routine and staying consistent with your practice, you can experience improved self-care, reduced stress, and overall better physical and mental well-being.         

     At W.I.S.E. we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure and we view self-care as an investment in your health and productivity; remind yourself that consistent habits lead to long-term benefits. Start today because it is the only guaranteed time we have and enjoy your own personalized wellness journey. In case YOU want an advanced plan for self care habits give us a call and let’s personalize together your own W.I.S.E. work-life balance coaching.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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