How to Breathe Correctly for Stress Relief and Improved Well-Being

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every aspect of our lives, it’s important to stay focused on the things we can control to create certainty and to build resilience. One of the most basic and impactful controllables is a simple act most people take for granted—breathing.

When you understand how to breathe correctly, it relieves anxiety and stress, helps to regulate our emotions, allows you to focus, and improves communication. Board-certified health counselor certified executive coach, and founder and president of Southwestern Empowerment, Katy Kvalvik teaches the importance of breathing and demonstrates several easy breathing practices in the video below. She shows us how to elongate our breath by using our whole bodies to breathe—versus just our neck or chest—so we can achieve a state of relaxed concentration so we can cultivate a sense of well being and being calm.

Check out the video below to learn more about breathing techniques that help relieve stress and improve focus, and find even more virtual trainings from Katy at