You already have the most powerful tool in your toolbox, your breath. Learning breathing techniques can calm the nervous system and connect you with the present moment. Breathing exercises do not require medical clearance to start, so you can incorporate them into your daily routine starting now. Here are three breathing exercises you can try:
1. Ujjayi breath, or warrior breath. In and out through the nose, trying to make the ocean wave sound in the back of your throat. This is best done with a yoga asana practice.
2. Box breathing. Breath in for four seconds, hold that breath at the top for four seconds, exhale for four seconds, and hold at the bottom for four seconds. Can you increase to 5, 6...8 second boxes?!
3. Bee Breath, is a funny one that you can do with kids. Press your two pointer fingers over your ear holes to block the sound. Hum as loud as you can.