One Breath – Kotlin and Breathing

A few years ago I discovered meditation and mindfulness and I’ve been practicing it since then.

As a side effect, I’ve been also paying attention to breathing. As I become more conscious about it I realize I was constantly breathing wrong. I didn’t even know that was possible!

I dived a little more into the subject and I found out that multiple factors such as stress and anxiety mess up with our natural way of breathing.

Breathing provides a gateway between mind and body.

Fortunately, the solution is quite simple. Resetting your natural breathing cycle can be done by performing a slow breathing exercise a couple times a day. A lot of benefits come with good breathing, just to mention a few:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Natural painkiller
  • Better sleep
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Increased energy level
  • Improves self-awareness

Why not put this technique into an app? I wanted to explore Kotlin, so I created One Breath, a very simple app that helps you recover your innate natural breathing with a simple slow breathing exercise.

It has only one main screen where you can set a few preferences and start a new breathing session:

  • Sound. Enable sound feedback on inhaling and exhaling.
  • Duration. Select duration of the exercise, you can choose between 2, 5 and 10 minutes.
  • Vibration. Enable or disable vibration feedback on inhaling and exhaling.

Once you’ve set up your settings just tap the dot in the center and the session will start.

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That’s all, please take a look at it 🙂 Leave a comment on how can I improve it and a rating on Play Store would be awesome.

Check the repo and feel free to contribute.

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