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Slow Breathing

Controlling breathing is an important and often under-rated skill in managing anxiety and other overwhelming emotions. Anxiety and fear can quickly cause hyperventilation, where the body breathes too rapidly. This in turn can lead to respiratory alkalosis as the reduce carbon dioxide in the body makes the blood more alkaloid. This can cause any or all of the following symptoms: feeling dizzy, faint or weak; tingling in the lips, hands or feet; and headaches. It is important to slow down the breathing to relieve these symptoms. Of course, avoiding them in the first place is preferable and so teaching and reinforcing slow breathing exercises before someone is feeling stressed is essential.

Resources

Slow Breathing

Slow Breathing Calming Resource

Print ready version of these instructions.

Slow Breathing Cards

Slow Breathing Cards

Summarised slow breathing instructions on handy sized cards.

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