The mental and physical stresses of modern life, such as anxiety, frustration, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, high blood pressure, digestive woes, and immune dysfunction can all be addressed through conscious control of your breath. In addition, it can increase energy, accelerate healing, improve cognitive skills, and enhance mental balance.
Whether you’re dealing with co-worker chaos or pressure to perform on a project, it’s difficult to excel at work when you're extremely stressed. Can’t escape the office? Take a cue from real-life soldiers and try a technique called tactical breathing—also known as combat breathing, four-count breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing—to lower your heart rate and regain control of your breath.
For how seldom we tend to think about breathing, it plays a profound role in our health—which is something Dr. Belisa Vranich, a psychologist turned renowned breathing educator, has thought about a lot. “Changing your breath truly does affect—immediately—the body, mind, and soul,” she says. “And, most important, the impact takes place at the cellular and muscular levels.”