Email Apnea is one major reason for work stress, headache, and weak concentration.
While reading or writing emails 80% of people simply “forget” to breathe properly, they either hold their breath for long or slow it down. This phenomenon called, “email apnea” or “screen apnea”.and is one of the primary reason of having headache and anxiety in the workspace. Holding or slowing breath causes deficit of oxygen flow to the brain and results in headaches, increased stress, loss of concentration and fatigue.
So what can you do to “breathe right” when you are focusing 100% on writing / reading emails or on the computer screen, since email apnea happens unconsciously?
A simple Pranayama exercise you can use anytime throughout the day to restore oxygen flow to your brain is called Sama Vritti or “equal breathing”.
- Take 10 minutes break from your work routine and sit upright and comfortably on office chair and place your hands on your knees.
- Close your eyes and simply notice your breath, without trying to control it in any way.
- Now, count from 1 to 4 as you breathe in and same as you breathe out. Do it 5 to 10 times in the beginning.
- Continue to breathe this way until you synchronize on the new rhythm of breathing, and you feel that your breath has slowed down and has become deeper.