Teaching about stress
What the research says…
Find out about the scientific evidence behind the wellbeing strategies suggested in our lessons.
Breathing for relaxation
Breathing exercises involve deep and controlled breathing to contract the diaphragm and expand the belly. Breathing exercises are shown to help relieve stress and anxiety by signalling to the brain and body that we are safe.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the 1920s, progressive muscle relaxation is a widely used technique shown to reduce anxiety and tension, as well as improve cognitive function and sleep.