Ever feel stressed at work? At home taking care of the kids? Maybe you feel suffocated with deadlines and commitments and you just need a break from everything.
Cue Xhalr, a website that literally just has an interactive breathing mechanism to help users relax. The website gives users the option to choose the speed at which they want to inhale and exhale, with the default setting being 4.5 seconds for each. One bubble will read inhale (as shown above) and grow with time, and then shrink back down and read "exhale," which trains your mind and body to follow along. The colors also change color with each breath, which is pretty cool and adds to the calming effect.
Breathing is important as it allows for oxygen to get carried into our bodies, and oxygen is the most vital nutrient that we need. It helps our brains, nerves, organs, and while we can manage to live without food or water for a little while, we cannot live without oxygen as we would die in minutes.
Oxygen has even more amazing benefits though, aside from the most basic which all of us are aware of. Some other benefits of oxygen are that it can purify the bloodstream and reduce stress levels. There has also been extensive research done about the link between low oxygen levels and cancer and how when normal, healthy cells are not given sufficient oxygen levels, they can become cancer cells.
If you're in need of some relaxation, take a moment to step away from the situation and breathe using the Xhalr tool. If you're at work, log on to the website, and even if you're out and not near a computer or laptop, Xhalr is available on mobile devices.
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