More and more people are focusing on conscious and controlled breathing to get through the day more relaxed and energised. Beyoncé Knowles and Selena Gomez, for example, report that breathing exercises help them cope better with stressful situations, and Hillary Clinton relied on alternate breathing, known from yoga, during the US election campaign, using both nostrils alternately for inhaling and exhaling to calm her nerves before important events.
Of course, there are also more and more smartphone apps that can help stressed-out city dwellers stop blowing their tops. Want some examples? The app “Breathe2Relax” was originally developed by the US military to reduce the stress hormones of soldiers through targeted diaphragmatic breathing during wartime operations. Nowadays, it is available for free download and can also be used in much less nerve-wracking situations.
Apps like “Breathe+” and “Breathwrk” take a holistic approach. They prefer to encourage their users to breathe properly several times a day. Via push messages, they are regularly reminded to take a few minutes for a breathing exercise. The exercises vary depending on the time of day and the situation. The inhaling and exhaling rhythm is set by the app. In this way, the users are supposed to start the day powerfully in the morning, receive an energy boost in the afternoon and fall asleep relaxed in the evening.
Those who prefer to work on their breathing non-digitally can also book into one of the many breathing seminars offered in many yoga studios and wellness facilities. There you can hone your breathing technique under the guidance of trained coaches. The motto here is also: “Take a deep breath and don’t let yourself lose your cool!”.