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The Fulfilling Breath: How Deep Breathing Impacts Student Stress Levels

Students are affected by stress. From exams, deadlines, homework, to social pressures, their minds are put under constant stress. A simple and effective solution that could alleviate some of the stress is deep breathing. An interview with an expert explains the impact of deep breathing.

Mr. Lars Marshall, a certified respiratory therapist, sheds light on the science behind deep breathing and its impact on student well-being. As an experienced medical professional, Mr. Lars explains in detail on how controlled breathing can make a difference.

The Interview

1. The Science of Deep Breathing

Q: Can you explain the physiological effects of deep breathing on stress release in students? 

Getting a deep breath releases carbon dioxide that forms in our body which reduces stress. Driving away stress is a physiological need in our lives.

2. Role of Deep Breathing in Stress Reduction

Q: What specific breathing techniques have been shown to be most effective in reducing stress levels, and why?

Two techniques stand out:

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing: Sit up straight and inhale through your nose as deep as possible, allowing air to flow fully. Next, hold your breath and exhale slowly through nose or mouth. Avoid repeating this exercise frequently as doing this often can cause hyperventilation.
  • Pursed Lip Breathing: First, inhale through your nose for 2 counts, then exhale slowly through pursed lips for 4 counts. This technique lets oxygen into your blood and carbon dioxide out of your body, which allows for better functionality.

3. Role of Deep Breathing in Cognitive Function

Q: Can you discuss the relationship between deep breathing exercises and cognitive function improvement specifically in students? 

High levels of stress will decrease cognitive functions. Deep breathing exercises can reduce stress, which can increase cognitive functions.

4. Mindful Breathing and Academic Performance

Q: Are there studies linking mindful breathing practices to academic performance? 

There are many studies out that may link the effect of breathing practices to academic performance. The NIH(National Institutes of Health) most likely has information on this.

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