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  • Writer's pictureVictoria Clancy

Deeper Breathing for a Calmer Mind

If you are reading this it’s likely you may be concerned about your child or another young person. Science behind stress and anxiety suggests we need to find ways to soothe the body, before the mind can calm. Body-based stress reduction focuses on lowering high states of dysregulation such as through deep breathing techniques - under stress we start to breathe through the mouth which is less effective for absorbing oxygen. Mouth breathing is associated with fight/flight states of mind - helpful when we are in a crisis, but if this becomes habitual it prevents the body in coming back to a calmer state. Nasal breathing also helps promote sleep and leads to less allergies.

Meditation, or just simple breathing exercises can help to regulate a disrupted mind. There are plenty of helpful videos, such as:- and

Please enquire with Vicky directly to find out more about managing stress.

I am a child psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.

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