I have struggled with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember. It was not until college when I began to physically be affected by my mental health that I began to dig deeper and take action steps towards being #BlackandWell. Breath work, has allowed for me to ground myself in most situations where I have felt overwhelmed, and it has allowed for me to return to a normal flow of breath. It also allows for me to breathe deeply and intentionally.
Box Breathing ✨
Box breathing is a technique used to calm your brain. It helps you to take deep breaths, which relieve stress, calm your nervous system, and improve your mood. I was introduced to box breathing at several points in my life, but it wasn't until recent years that I realized the power of box breathing and breathwork.
Step 1: Get in a comfortable seated position as you’re able to, place your hands on your lap, palms up.
Step 2: Slowly inhale through your nose and count to four.
Step 3: Hold your breath and count to four.
Step 4: Exhale through your mouth and count to four (highly recommended making a noise as you let the breath out).
Step 5: Hold your breath again for four counts.
Repeat as many times as you needed or until calm.
Check out Shelah Marie's Meditation mixtape, we love to use the four-part breathing exercise during our workshops and classes.
Remember to breathe,