Nurturing calm

Today’s post is brought to you by the never-ending interruptions of my children whenever I sit down to write these days. Thankfully, I’ve learned how to remain calm when I start to feel like I’m losing my mind. 

I’ve recently discovered the power of square breathing (also known as tactical or box breathing). I practice it when I find myself becoming impatient or feeling tense, or when I’m simply feeling overwhelmed by the demands of work and parenthood.

Square breathing looks like this:

  1. Breathe in deeply through your nose for a count of four.
  2. Keep that breath in for a count of four.
  3. Gradually exhale through your mouth for a count of four.
  4. Pause breathing for a count of four.

Repeat for 3-5 breaths, whenever needed.

Taking a moment when we’re feeling stressed or worried to focus on our breathing can help us become re-centred, focused and calm.

Sometimes resting between breaths can make all the difference between a quiet mind and racing thoughts.