The Apple Watch feature that keeps you from freaking out — 2022

Everyone always has a moment when they need to take a break from everyday life. In these situations, it is always best to carry out a breath control. This is something that the Apple Watch can help you with without the need to install any type of native application. We tell you everything you need to know about ways to comfortably control your breathing.

How does concentrating on your breath help you?

In the moments of greatest stress you have surely had the feeling that you are going to lose control at some point. The best mental health specialists always recommend different breathing exercises such as concentrating on inspirations and expirations. This makes the Apple Watch play a crucial role in guiding you through this breathing process. Through a series of vibrations the clock will tell you when you should inspire and expire the air you have stored. It is ideal especially when you are having an anxiety attack or when you think the symptoms are starting.


It is certainly appreciated to have the watch in these situations, especially if you are alone. On many occasions you can forget how to perform the breaths if you do not have someone by your side. The fact of saying how you should go about doing it relaxes a lot since physiologically the body reacts as if there were a lack of oxygen when in reality it is the opposite. So the Apple Watch will act like this person who It will tell you how you have to perform the breaths correctly.

In addition, the watch is capable of launching different reminders to take these breaths several times a day. This means that you don't always have to be in the middle of an anxiety attack to make use of this functionality. But at any time of the day it is advisable to perform these exercises in order to reduce stress and prevent it from going any further. This is positive for personal productivity, since being more relaxed makes it possible to perform better in any type of task you face.

setup process

There are many parameters that can be adjusted when using the application. You can program the warnings that arrive to perform this type of exercise and there are also options to have a defined time for how long a specific breathing session lasts.

Session Settings

Breathing sessions have a defined time that may not suit personal needs. You can always edit the time you are doing the breathing session on your Apple Watch. Not only for the current session you are doing but also for all those you are going to do in the future. It is important that you yourself feel comfortable with how you do the session and the number of breaths you are taking. To make this change so that it appears by default, you simply have to follow these steps:

  1. Open the 'Breathe' app on the Apple Watch.
  2. Turn the digital crown to set the duration.
  3. On the Apple Watch, click on ‘Settings’.
  4. Click on it section 'Breathe'.
  5. Activate the option 'Use previous duration'.

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Change the frequency of reminders

As we have previously mentioned, the Apple Watch periodically sends a series of notifications in order to carry out a breathing session. Although it may be believed that the watch is capable of detecting stress in your day to day, the truth is that it jumps to an alert as a reminder as time goes by. This time is fully adjustable and can also be deactivated in case you don't want to have this annoying notification that can come out without you wanting it. By default it is activated even if you do not want to use this application. To be able to make this adjustment you simply have to follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings on the Apple Watch.
  2. Click on 'Breathe'.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • Click on 'Breathing Reminders' to adjust how often you want to be notified.
    • press on 'Silence the rest of the day' to avoid discomfort.
    • Click on 'Breathing frequency' to choose the number of breaths you need to take in a minute adapting to you.
    • Click on 'Vibration' and choose the category of never, minimal, or prominent.

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Check your breathing and heart rate data

Another aspect to take into account when carrying out a breathing control is the fact of consulting the heart rate during these sessions. This consultation process is carried out from the iPhone itself, which is linked, since they are stored in the Health application as one more parameter to take into account. It is important to know the fact of how the breath has affected the pulsations seeing here a relaxation. If you want to have information about this data, you will simply have to perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Health app on the iPhone.
  2. follow the route ‘Scan > Heart > Heart rate’.
  3. Click on 'Show more heart rate data'.
  4. Swipe up and tap on 'Breathe'.

How to start a breathing session

Once all these variables that can be applied are taken into account, it is time to start carrying out the different breathing sessions on the Apple Watch. Here we tell you how to do it.

Through the app

One of the most common systems to be able to carry out a breath control is through the native application that can be found. Specifically, you simply have to display all the applications by pressing on the digital crown. In the event that you are in watchOS 7 or earlier, you must click on the application called 'Breathe' but if you're on watchOS 8 or higher the name is 'Mindfulness'. At the moment a button called ‘Start’ will appear. When you click on the animation that is in the background will start to grow indicating that you must inflate your lungs and when you exhale it will shrink. All this is also accompanied by a vibration system so you can know what to do at all times.

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As of watchOS 8, a function called 'Reflect' is also included, which has a very similar objective. The mission of this new activity is to carry out an exercise of letting your mind go blank for a minute to make any type of concern disappear. This will allow you to adopt a positive attitude. To make it more attractive, there are several animations that are integrated into the Mindfulness application itself.

Important: watchOS 8 is now in beta, with an official release planned for September 2021

In the dedicated sphere

The Apple Watch has a sphere that is dedicated exclusively to the breathing mode that we are discussing. It can be quickly set at any time through the iPhone's 'Clock' app and also from the Apple Watch itself. Specifically, in order to access it, you simply have to slide your finger to the left to the extreme and click on the '+' button. Through the digital crown you can select the sphere of breathing and click on add it to start configuring it daily.

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Once the sphere is already placed, you simply have to press it to start a breathing session. The process is completely the same as in the previous case since this sphere acts as a gateway to the application. This means that you do not have to make movements to access this functionality. This does not mean that you can also add a shortcut as a complication. It applies to any type of dial where there is an option to include a complication.