In the know: Teach your patients to breathe easier

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 20, 2010

Using the diaphragm and not the chest is the most efficient and relaxing way to breathe. Chest breathing elicits anxiety. Try it: Breathe only with your chest and see how gradually you become more and more anxious. Now, switch to breathing with your diaphragm, bringing in your breath through your nose, allowing it to slide through your chest without raising your chest, and continuing down to the area just above your navel.

Some people have difficulty pushing out their abdominal area when inhaling and it may take some practice. But with practice, you and the patient you teach will find that it comes more naturally and that it results in a more alert and relaxed feeling.

For more tips, check out HCPro's book, Stressed Out About Difficult Patients.

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