Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Breathing for Self-care

In this one-hour video,  Elaine Hammond, Adjunct Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, explains why breathing is such an important trauma-informed self-care strategy.  She demonstrates breathing techniques, explains the neurophysiology behind breathing and why it is an effective way to conteract the stress response.  She even discusses potential barriers to breathing retraining and how to address them.  The video includes a guided breathing meditation wihich you can use for yourself or to lead others in this exercise.  It runs from minute 29:38 to to minute 48:25. The University at Buffalo has also created a "Self-Care Starter Kit with many more resources.  It can be found at http://www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/students/self-care/.