Calm breathing is a technique you can learn to slow down your breathing when you are feeling stressed or anxious.
When we are anxious, we may find we take short, quick, shallow breaths leading to over-breathing, also known as hyperventilating. Over-breathing can increase physical symptoms associated with a panic attack, which in turn can lead to elevated anxiety and fear.
Calm breathing, on the other hand, can decrease physical symptoms, and reduce anxious feelings and worry thoughts. As the pace of breathing slows, this allows your child to feel better able to cope with what is happening.
~ Calm Breathing is not meant to control, eliminate, or avoid generalized worry or panic attacks, but to tolerate and cope with worry.