Episode 14: Breathing Exercises to help you Relax
This episode was created for you by Best Beginnings
Dr Trudi Seneviratne is a consultant adult and perinatal psychiatrist and also an ambassador of our charity partner Best Beginnings.
In this episode, Dr Trudi shares a couple of breathing exercises which are clinically proven to help us relax.
You can listen to Trudi’s episode below:
About Best Beginnings
Best Beginnings works to give every child in the UK the best start in life. Supporting the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers has a direct and long lasting impact on women and also on their children’s lives. This is why the charity is committed to help parents build their knowledge and resilience and also to have to confidence to seek help as soon as they need it.
Transcript for Episode 14
VO: 60 Second Support
Professor Green: I’m Professor Green, bringing you help and advice from some amazing people during the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s important we all look after our mental health right now, and today we’re chatting with Best Beginning’s supporter, and Clinical Psychiatrist Dr Trudi Seneviratne.
Dr Trudi Seneviratne: We’re all going through an unusual and difficult time, and you may find that you are feeling anxious or stressed. When this happens, our breath can become shallower and quicker, but using a simple deep breathing exercise can help you gain control and start to relax.
Sit quietly with your hands on your diaphragm and notice the rhythm of your breathing.
Breathe in for a few seconds – pause – and breathe out again.
Continue like this, breathing slowly and helping your body to get lots of oxygen.
You should start to feel more relaxed and in control.
VO: 60 Second Support with Heads Together… supported by the Audio Content Fund.
Professor Green: For more help and advice visit headstogether.org.uk