Six Colors
Six Colors

by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

Support this Site

Become a Six Colors member and get access to an exclusive weekly podcast, community, newsletter and more.

By Jason Snell

Maybe it’s time to Breathe

Stephen Hackett:

When Apple added the Breathe feature to watchOS 3, I — like many of you, I suspect — turned it off pretty quickly. However, over the last six months, it has come to be one of my favorite things about wearing my Apple Watch….

It can subtly remind me throughout my day to take a couple of minutes to slow down and focus on breathing. I’ve done it sitting at my desk, in a parking lot, and recently, on the roof of my house as I was cleaning some debris up from a storm.

If you’re feeling anxious during these uncertain days, this feature of the Apple Watch can’t completely address things, but it can be a tool in your toolbelt for getting through the day.

It’s funny, I was just thinking about the Breathe app the other day. At the time I scoffed at it at turned it off. But I’ve been thinking about turning it on again. I bought a smart blood pressure gadget a few weeks back and noticed that I feel better after a few moments spent sitting quietly and breathing while the device does its thing. I could maybe use some more of those brief breaks throughout my day. Maybe other people could, too.