Resources & Links

Trauma, PTSD and EMDR
Mindfulness and Meditation
  • The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques (Wehrenberg)
  • The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It (Carbonell)
  • Guided meditations to relieve stress

When applying breathing techniques, we consciously control our inhalations and exhalations using different breathing patterns. Mindful breathing helps us connect to the present moment, move toward a relaxation response, and send a message to the brain that everything is OK. Examples of breathing techniques include: Square Breathing (helpful during panic attacks), the 4-7-8 Breath, and Coherent Breathing.

When mindful breathing practices are incorporated in our day-to-day life, we learn to stay in a relaxed response state, we become less reactive, and, over time, our brain's perception of stress changes.

We can use breathing APPS such as Calm App Breathing, the Heartmath APP, or Breathe APP to practice and learn new, more effective ways of breathing. The TED talk a Breathing, Mindfulness, Heart Rate Variability clearly explains how the breath and mindful breathing practices are important to our physical and mental well-being.

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