The BioBase Breathing Tool uses sounds and images to guide you through a deep breathing exercise. The tool is based on the concept of biofeedback, the music and image changes in relation to your current heart rate.
This tool can help you reduce stress and make you feel calmer in a short period of time. Regular daily practice can also support your general wellbeing.
Why is it Important?
If you are stressed, you are more likely to take short breaths using the top half of your lungs and your shoulders. This increases tension in the top half of your body and can lead to you feel even more stressed.
When you’re relaxed, your breathing is long, slow, irregular, and often your out-breaths will be longer than your in-breaths. You take ‘belly breaths’ and move your diaphragm, a muscle under your lungs, with each breath. This type of breathing encourages the release of oxytocin, a hormone that combats your stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline, leaving you with a sense of calm.
This is a quick tool you can use when you are caught in a stressful moment to help you re-balance and re-focus.
How Does it Affect My Wellbeing Score?
The Breathing Tool does not affect your Wellbeing Score, although you may feel better after using it.
How Can I Improve?
You can improve your sense of wellbeing by being aware of when you are taking short breaths. When you are, make a conscious effort to take a deep breath using your diaphragm and spend longer on the exhale than on the inhale.
You can improve your score on the BioBase breathing Tool by ensuring you are both using your diaphragm to take deep breaths from your belly, as well as inhaling and exhaling in time with the Breathing Tool guide.
If the guide is too fast or too slow for you, you can change the speed in the breathing tool settings the main menu.