Why breathing exercises play an important role in increasing your mental resilience - psychologist and stress coach Hannah Both
February 21st, 2022,
3 min read
In our busy and often hectic world, consciously seeking ways to relax is essential to stay well-balanced. The question is: how do you do that? We ask experts to share their tips & tricks with us. This time, we spoke to stress coach and clinical psychologist Hannah Both.
Daily and consistent breathing exercises make me generally feel calmer.
“I am a clinical psychologist, stress coach, and co-founder of Youniq, an organization in which I work together with sports coach Capucine Merlin on reducing long-term absenteeism and productivity loss within companies.
I have a great passion for strengthening the mental resilience of as many people as possible. It is, therefore, my mission to convince people and organizations to opt for a preventive approach.”
“I notice that I need (extra) relaxation when I start to do everything in a hurry. I can then feel the adrenaline still in my body, even after the working day is over and I should really be able to relax.”
To me, mindfulness acts as a pause button for my mind.
"At such moments informal mindfulness helps me a lot. This acts as a pause button for my mind.
I especially try to practice mindfulness when I'm in my car, when waiting somewhere, or when I’m preparing food. In addition, a chat with my husband, a good friend or my parents can also give me a lot of peace."
Breathing exercises play an important role in preventively increasing someone’s mental resilience.
“Breathing exercises always give me a pleasant feeling while I’m practicing. And after a few days of consistent practice, I generally feel calmer.
A special discovery for me was the calming effect that slow breathing in a fixed rhythm had on my son, during the first weeks after his birth.”
“I prefer to use moonbird in the morning, before starting my (working) day. In addition, I use it almost daily with clients. Doing breathing exercises is an important tool in preventively increasing someone's mental resilience.
It is nice that moonbird also works without a smartphone, and the fact that it is a tactile tool. I always take a number of moonbirds with me to workshops, so that participants can try them out. During my one-on-one sessions, I sometimes let people breathe with moonbird when they are connected to a biofeedback device. They can then 'live' see the effects of doing breathing exercises on for example their heart rate.”
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. A quote by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.”
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