Why breathing exercises play an important role in increasing your mental resilience - psychologist and stress coach Hannah Both

February 21st, 2022,

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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.

Hannah, what is the motivation for your work?

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“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.”

How do you notice you’re in need of relaxation?

“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.

What do you do when you notice this?

"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.

What has conscious breathing brought you?

“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.”

What’s your favorite moment to use moonbird?

“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.”

Final question: what is your motto in life?

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. A quote by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.”

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For more information about Hannah and her work, visit youniq.be, or follow Youniq via Instagram and Linkedin.

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