What is Box Breathing?
Box breathing, also known as "square breathing", is a deep breathing technique. It consists of four parts: inhale, pause, exhale, and pause, creating a square or box pattern. Each component should be the same length of time, typically 4 to 6 seconds. This breathwork technique is simple yet powerful for managing stress and anxiety. It is also used by Navy SEALs to remain calm before and after combat. Box breathing can also be enhanced through visualization and further amplified by adding an interactive element.
With Flowly's recently released Breather, Interactive Box Breathing, you can practice box breathing with an added visual component. Interactive box breathing is a breathwork exercise incorporating visual and auditory effects to enhance the experience. Following the breathing guide by touching your phone screen generates visual effects like bubbles, particles, or colors in the scene, making the practice more engaging and immersive.
Here's how to get started with interactive box breathing:
- Download the Flowly app
- Go to the home tab and choose Interactive Box Breathing
- Select either the “In the Rain” or “Underwater” environment
- Begin tracing the box with your finger as you follow the breathing guide.
- Focus on the visuals and the rhythm of your breath. Let go of distracting thoughts and allow yourself to fully immerse in the experience
Why use Interactive Box Breathing?
Interactive box breathing can be a fun and effective way to incorporate breathing exercises into your daily routine. The added visual effects can help you stay engaged and focused, making it easier to reap the benefits of box breathing. Some potential benefits of interactive box breathing include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety: Like traditional box breathing, interactive box breathing can help reduce stress and anxiety by calming the nervous system and reducing the physical symptoms of stress.
- Improved focus and concentration: By using the interactive box breathing guide, you can create a multi-sensory experience that can help to enhance your ability to stay focused and present during breathwork practice.
- Enhanced relaxation: The immersive nature of interactive box breathing can help deepen relaxation and promote a sense of calm and tranquility.
Overall, interactive box breathing is a unique and engaging way to practice and enhance the benefits of the powerful relaxation technique known as box breathing. Consider incorporating it into your daily routine to reduce stress and anxiety and promote overall well-being.