Care recipient (cr) with frequent anxiety may relax with a caregiver’s assistance in a deep breathing exercise

Try: #help the cr to make use of a slow breathing technique invite the cr to sit or lie in a comfortable position and close his or her eyes tell the cr to let you know if he or she becomes dizzy or tired in the next few minutes #prompt the cr to take slow deep even breaths slowly breathing in through the nose for four counts and then slowly breathing out through the mouth for four counts #talk the cr through the steps in a calm steady voice drawing attention to the breathing process saying feel the air as you draw it in through your nose feel how it is cool notice how your chest expands as the air fills your lungs feel the air as your blow it out feel how it is warm not how your chest lowers as the air leaves your lungs #slowly count to four in your head while the cr breathes in and to four again while he or she breathes out coach the cr as needed through taking deep even breaths for a minute or two this may be all the time that is needed to help the cr feel less anxious and more relaxed #at the end of a minute or two say when you feel relaxed return to your regular breathing pattern when you are ready open your eyes #if the cr indicates he or she feels dizzy or tired while doing this breathing exercise stop the exercise and tell the cr to resume his or her regular breathing pattern

Materials: Caregiver to provide coaching cr ability to respond to directions and control breathing for a few minutes

Categories: Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Mobility, Mobile, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, 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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