Box Breathing

Breathe in sync with this:

Box Breathing (the Navy SEAL breathing technique) image

Box breathing is a technique used to calm yourself down with a simple 4 second rotation of breathing in, holding your breath, breathing out, holding your breath, and repeating.

Also know as Navy SEAL breathing technique, or tactical breathing, it’s a surprisingly simple and effective way to help regain calm and control of your thoughts when under stress.

A perfect visual meditation for when you can’t listen to audio, or just need a quick second to refocus.

Use this image to help you keep time! :)

Here are the directions:

  1. Inhale for 4 seconds (as the circle expands)
  2. Hold your lungs full for 4 seconds (as the circle stays fully expanded)
  3. Exhale for 4 seconds (as the circle shrinks)
  4. Hold your lungs empty for 4 seconds (as the circle is contracted)

That’s it!

Repeat for as many times as you need to calm down.

Have trouble falling asleep? Want a technique designed just for that?

4-7-8 technique is worth trying!

Just breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds, and repeat as needed! :)