Sometimes challenges are unavoidable. But how does one gain the courage to approach demanding situations?
For Navy SEAL Mark Divine, life-and-death combat situations were part of the daily routine. But he used one simple technique taught to him during SEAL training to help steady his nerves and give him the courage to enter conflict: controlled box breathing.
In his book Kokoro Yoga: Maximize Your Human Potential and Develop the Spirit, Divine describes the technique of box breathing that he learned during SEAL training. Practicing it on a daily basis helped calm him for the day, and repeating it when needed gave him the courage to enter combat.
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You might not face military combat situations on a daily basis, but you are likely to encounter some form of confrontation regularly. Practicing this breathing technique before potential conflict situations can steady your nerves and will give you the courage and confidence to continue.
Divine recommends using the following box breathing technique for just a few minutes ahead of a potential crisis situation: giving a presentation to your boss, speaking in public, taking a test, and so on.
Using the technique after high adrenaline situations can also help steady your nerves and bring you back to reality, for instance after a road rage incident, receiving a poor grade on a test, or other unexpected shocks.