There are many benefits to focusing on breathing and mindfulness, including improved posture and reduced back pain, less stress and a better ability to focus — all of which can help you avoid burnout.
For remote workers, breathing can help reduce the anxieties of working from home and adjusting to the new normal. Putting on comfortable clothes, turning away from the computer and taking a few moments to breathe can help you relax and stay productive.
For those in-office, breathing can help calm you down before a meeting or presentation, or help cool you down after a confrontation or uncomfortable meeting. These techniques can also be done at your desk, meaning you don’t have to invest money or too much effort into practicing mindfulness.
If it seems like it’s too good to be true: it isn’t. Just taking a few minutes per day to breathe is a good way to keep yourself feeling good at work. A few notable breathing techniques include:
- Box breathing
- Sitali breathing
- Lion’s breath
- Belly breathing
- The 4-7-8 technique
- Alternate nostril breathing
For more information on how to focus on your breath during the workday, check out the following infographic.