Question: Do you ever get angry, impatient, or just like to breathe?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, square breathing is for you! I discovered this technique a few months ago during a lecture I attended on the topic of "mindfulness".
Basically, square breathing is simply the practice of inhaling slowly for two counts, holding your breath for two counts, exhaling for two, and then holding again for two. Seem simple? It is, and it's very effective. My personal testimonial is that I have been better at holding at bay angry or impatient reactions when I am interacting with other people because I am trying to use my square breathing. Next time you feel your temperature rising, try square breathing to self-regulate and gain control so that you can disagree without being disagreeable.
P.S. Why didn't I think of this prior to election day?!