Whether the return to work has already caused your shoulders to stiffen and your mind to become restless or whether you made a promise to yourself that you’d take more time out to breathe this year, Oak is here to help you relax and unwind.
It offers breathing and meditation practices that are quick and easy to follow. And for every restorative session you take, your personal animated oak tree (hence the app name) grows a little – sprouting a green shoot to represent your inner growth.
Choose mindful or unguided meditation. Pick a male or female guide and a background sound (rain, a continuous om or white noise, for example) and the length of session you’d like, from 10 to 30 minutes. Now you’re ready to relax.
Breathing practices are super short: five rounds of a long inhale, quick exhale pattern to boost your alertness, or four cycles of box breathing to relieve stress (inhale through the nose for four, hold for four, exhale four through the mouth, hold four). A 4-7-8 cycle (in four, hold seven, out eight) is known to be deeply relaxing.
Give it a try. You have nothing to lose but your tension.