Share Square Breathing Is Easy! Inhale for 5 seconds. Hold for 5 seconds. Exhale for 5 seconds. Hold for 5 seconds. A great time to try square breathing is while lathering your hands. It's the perfect 20 second timer to make sure you get all the germs. It will also do double duty to calm your mind and body. This type of simple meditation can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, lowing your stress hormones and in turn decreasing your risk of skin problems. Try it with our Organic Hand Wash to keep your body and mind happy. Download and print our free square breathing card HERE to remind you to take a breath whenever you need an extra moment of calm.