To be a Navy SEAL, you have to be able to endure intense physical and mental conditions. These men are training for war, and they’ve perfected techniques to keep calm and relieve stress in some of the most stressful situations imaginable.
The deep breathing technique the SEALs utilize to calm their minds and prepare for intense pressure is called box breathing, and it consists of four steps:
1. Breathe in for 4 seconds. Be sure to let all the air out of your lungs before you start to breathe in.
2. Hold your breath for 4 seconds. Don’t let any air escape at all.
3. Exhale for 4 seconds. Get all the air in your lungs out evenly and steadily over the course of the 4 seconds.
4. Hold your lungs empty for 4 seconds. Don’t inhale after step 3, just let your lungs sit empty for the whole 4 seconds.
Give it a shot next time you find yourself in a stressful situation and see how you feel.
Getting through tough times might have just got a little easier.