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Beat Stress Like a Navy SEAL With This Ridiculously Easy Exercise

How Navy SEALs manage stress

Navy SEALs face some of the most difficult situations any human could encounter. Because of this, they've developed ways to apply the emerging science of grit, resilience, and emotional regulation to effectively manage stress.

SEALs manage their physiology to control their psychology.

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How Navy SEALs manage stress

Navy SEALs face some of the most difficult situations any human could encounter. Because of this, they've developed ways to apply the emerging science of grit, resilience, and emotional regulation to effectively manage stress.

SEALs manage their physiology to control their psychology.

A simple exercise for calm

It's called box breathing or four-square breathing.

Here's how it works:

  • Breathe in for four seconds.
  • Hold the air in your lungs for four seconds.
  • Exhale for four seconds.
  • Hold your breath, lungs emptied, for four seconds.

Box breathing improves your ability to regulate your emotions and help you feel more in control and able to deal with challenges.

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