Between work, your spouse, your kids/pets, politics, or the general state of the world, life is pretty stressful.
That’s why it’s essential to have great good coping mechanisms that you can bust out when necessary. This particular one is actually used by the military – arguably one of the most stressful jobs ever. Known as combat breathing, four-count breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, it can really help bring you back to center.
The tactic lowers your heart rate and helps you regain control of your breathing, explains clinical psychologist Belisa Vranich. She’s also the author of 2016’s Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program To Improve Your Mental and Physical Health.
“It’s one you can use when things are blowing up around you – both literally and figuratively – and you need to be able to stay calm.”
She demonstrates the tactic in the Business Insider video below – practice with her until you feel cool enough to tackle the rest of your day.
Of course, a cup of coffee never hurt, either.