Breathing Exercise 4 is an audio track from the Psychology Tools For Overcoming PTSD Audio Collection but is designed to help anyone experiencing stress or heightened physiological arousal. Breathing Exercise 4 guides the listener through simple instructions to breathe in a more relaxed fashion. Counting is employed as a strategy to help the listener maintain focus, and to make their breathing slower, deeper, and more regular. These actions serve to increase activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and soothing.
This audio track is designed for anyone who experiences stress or who like to learn relaxation techniques. The audio track is a simple .mp3 file which can be played in most media player apps. You can also download the verbatim script, allowing you to record the exercise for your clients in your own voice to reinforce work completed in therapy.
- Elton, D., Burrows, G. D., & Stanley, G. V. (1978). Relaxation theory and practice. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 24(3), 143-149.
- Hackmann, A., Bennett-Levy, J., & Holmes, E. A. (2011). Oxford guide to imagery in cognitive therapy. Oxford university press.