Anxiety and nervousness may lead to shallow or rapid breathing

Try: #ask or help the cr to look at the watch and begin breathing slowly encourage the cr to take one full breath every 15 seconds this means taking seven or eight seconds to breathe slowly in and seven or eight seconds to breathe slowly out #prompt the cr to breathe air in and out from the diaphragm the cr may understand better if directed to breathe from the lower chest or stomach #continue the exercise until the cr feels calmer look for signs of relaxation less facial tension lower tone of voice less agitation or ask every few minutes if the cr feels more relaxed #slow and thoughtful breathing may help the cr relax in as little as two minutes but it may be relaxing for the cr to sit quietly for fifteen to twenty minutes #if the cr can’t see the second hand or has trouble keeping track of time the caregiver can watch the clock and cue the cr to breathe slowly in and slowly out

Materials: A watch with a hand that measures seconds

Categories: Emotional Psychological, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Good Verbal Comm, So-So Verbal Comm, Poor Verbal Comm, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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