More than 70% of the human population is breathing wrong.
Yeah, you read that right — we breathe wrong. I would think it’s not a hard thing to do, you breathe in, you breathe out, and you’re done. But somehow during our development, most of us have developed terrible breathing habits.
Some studies show that we take around 25.000 breaths every day, and that most of those breaths are completely wrong.
Proper breathing can, among other benefits, help with reducing stress, increasing focus, and improving your immunity.
When starting DeltaHub, our main mission is to bring office well-being into every workspace. Since then we helped people's setup become more ergonomic by developing our two wrist rests Carpio 2.0 / Carpio G2.0 as well as making them feel more cozy and warm with our Minimalistic Felt Desk Pad.
Recently, we started focusing on other forms of well-being such as: focus work, simple stretching, and of course breathing exercises.
I wanted to share with you guys some techniques that have been a major help in our post-lunch breathing sessions (see picture above):
🫁 Diaphragm Breathing
- Sit or lie down on a comfortable, flat surface.
- Relax your shoulders, shifting them down away from the ears.
- Put a hand on your chest and a hand on your stomach.
- Without straining or pushing, breathe in through your nose until you can’t take in any more air.
- Feel the air moving through your nostrils into your abdomen, expanding your stomach and sides of the waist. Your chest remains relatively still.
- Purse your lips as if sipping through a straw. Exhale slowly through the lips for 4 seconds and feel the stomach gently contracting.
- Repeat these steps several times for the best results.
🕢 4-7-8 Breathing
- Let your lips part slightly. Make a whooshing sound, exhaling completely through your mouth.
- Close your lips and inhale silently through your nose as you count to four in your head, filling the lungs completely without strain.
- Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
- Make another whooshing exhale from your mouth for 8 seconds.
- Repeat for five to 10 rounds.
- Focus your attention on the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual.
- Sincerely attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life.
And my personal favorite:
🔃 Box Breathing
- Sitting upright, slowly exhale through your mouth, getting all the oxygen out of your lungs. Focus on this intention and be conscious of what you’re doing.
- Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose to the count of four. In this step, count to four very slowly in your head. Feel the air fill your lungs, one section at a time until your lungs are completely full and the air moves into your abdomen.
- Hold your breath for another slow count of four.
- Exhale through your mouth for the same slow count of four, expelling the air from your lungs and abdomen. Be conscious of the feeling of the air leaving your lungs.
- Hold your breath for the same slow count of four before repeating this process.
These are just some of the exercises we do, for the complete list you might want to check our community tab. There you can find a lot more exercises, as well as some fun freebies, like playlists, wallpapers, etc.
Let this be your very own Tea since we’re not giving ours away anytime soon.