How to Operate DayWave
To launch and exit DayWave
Normally, DayWave starts automatically each time you turn on your computer. To launch DayWave manually, double-click DayWave icon on your desktop. To exit DayWave, right-click the icon in the taskbar, typically in the lower right corner of your screen, or in from the start menu. Select Exit from the context menu.
To change the breathing rate
Right-click the DayWave icon, typically located in the lower right corner of your screen, or in the start menu. Select Adjust Rate. Use the slider or enter a numeric breathing rate in the field shown.
To change the appearance of the oscillating shape
Right-click the DayWave icon, typically located in the lower right corner of your screen, or in the start menu. Select Adjust Appearance. You can change the transparency level and stretch the shape using various scale settings.
To select a different shape
Right-click the DayWave icon, typically located in the lower right corner of your screen, or in the start menu. Press Select Shape. Double-click any of the available shapes.
How can I get the best results using DayWave?
- Start by adjusting the breath rate to suit your needs. Right-click the DayWave icon or double click on the DayWave icon and select Adjust Rate. Choose a breathing rate that is a little slower than your habitual rate but not so slow that it requires effort to maintain.
- Next select a shape that is pleasing to you and is appropriate for your work environment. Adjust the shape settings to “fine tune” the appearance. Countless variations are possible.
- Become more aware of your breathing pattern by checking it as necessary during your work day. Awareness, alone, helps you start to get results.
- With practice, allow your breathing to deepen and become more relaxed and open. This will help you work more efficiently and comfortably under nearly all circumstances.
Is DayWave safe?
Yes, the practice of conscious breathing is safe and very beneficial for most people.
If you have a serious medical condition, consult with your physician before changing your breathing pattern. If you suffer from insulin-dependent diabetes, kidney disease, or low blood pressure, do not perform deep breathing techniques without the approval of your physician.
What is the best breathing rate for me?
Experiment with a variety of rates and use the one that produces the best result. Look for a rate that is slower than your habitual rate under stress but not so slow that it takes effort to maintain. If you begin to feel light headed, resume your normal breathing pattern.
What is the best shape or color for me?
Experiment. Only you can determine this. You may want to adjust the visual appearance to match the other elements on your screen. Or you may want to explore new transparency levels for variety or to make DayWave less obvious in a work environment. You can stretch the shapes by changing the scale settings in Adjust Appearance.
Do the colors mean anything?
No. However, many people find green to have a soothing, calming effect and yellow to have a stimulating, uplifting effect. Blue can be used if a more formal or corporate look is desired.
How can I to breathe most effectively and efficiently?
- Start by adjusting your position so that your back is straight, feet flat on the floor and shoulders and neck comfortable.
- Focus your attention on your chest, rib cage, and stomach area. Place one hand on the center of your chest and the other hand on your stomach just above the navel. Use your hands to help feel the movement of your body as you perform the following steps.
- Begin to inhale through your nose. Continue to inhale while allowing your belly to expand. Then allow your rib cage to expand and your chest to rise until your lungs are full.
- Begin to exhale through your nose. Continue to exhale while letting your chest relax, your rib cage contract, and your belly return to its original position.
- Repeat this procedure for several complete breaths until these movements feel familiar. If you begin to feel light headed, return to a normal pattern of breathing.
- Stay as relaxed as possible during your slow abdominal breathing. Become aware of your whole body and make necessary corrections to release tension. For instance, you might feel like sighing or yawning. Be gentle with yourself as you gradually master this new way of breathing.
What is abdominal, diaphragmatic, or conscious breathing?
Abdominal breathing or “diaphragmatic” breathing makes use of the lungs most effectively. Because of the way the lungs are shaped, diaphragmatic breathing allows the lungs to absorb the highest quantity of oxygen with each breath. Abdominal breathing maximizes the use of the diaphragm to move air in and out.
The lungs are more massive at their base than at the top. The lower part of the lungs hold more air and have a larger surface area to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. The lower part of the lungs receive over a liter of blood per minute while the top part receives only about a tenth of a liter per minute. Abdominal breathing utilizes the bottom of the lungs.
In order to learn voluntary control of the special breathing muscle, the diaphragm, it is helpful to become aware of the whole torso and its movements. That’s because we cannot feel the diaphragm directly. When we flatten the dome shaped diaphragm to draw air into our lungs, we do feel the in-flow of air and the satisfaction of the fresh oxygen supply. But we normally don’t feel the diaphragm itself. We can easily feel the abdomen. This is conscious breathing.