Box breathing relaxation technique: how to calm feelings of stress or anxiety

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In stressful times you can use the power of your breath to help calm feelings of stress or anxiety.

Box breathing is a simple relaxation method that can be used to’reset’ your breath and restore its normal rhythm.

This video shows box breathing in action and highlights its many benefits.

It involves
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Imagine you are able to breathe around a box
– Imagine you are inhaling and picturing yourself going up the box. Next, you will exhale as you imagine you going down the opposite side.

Box breathing can be a great way to calm anxiety and stress in stressful situations.

We are grateful to Dr. Joanna Mansfield (Psychiatr at Sunnybrook’s Women’s Mood and Anxiety Clinic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic) for sharing her expertise and voicing the box breathing video.

Video by Jennifer Palisoc and Brent Creelman, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, Sunnybrook.

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