Brain Facts

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Encourage them to practice strong breathing

To re-engage the front brain easier and to strengthen the connection between the front and back.

Strong, deep breathing initiates the relaxation response, which was discovered by Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.

The relaxation response neutralises the fight or flight neurochemicals.

Remember, it is the surging of these neurochemicals that swamp the front brain and send it offline.

Once the neurochemicals begin to neutralise, the front brain is free to re-engage and send some loving calm to the back brain.

Just like the fight or flight response, the relaxation response is hardwired into us but it does have to be actively engaged.

In the midst of anxiety, the brain is too busy to concentrate on slow deep breathing, but with practice, this can become more automatic.

Each day, when your child is relaxed, have them practice breathing in for three, hold for one and out for three.

Do this about 5 to 10 times.

The idea is to do it so much that is can be called up as easily as any habit.


To strengthen the connection between the front and the back.

Research has repeatedly shown that mindfulness can change the function and structure of the brain.

One of the ways it does this is by strengthening the connection between the reactive back of the brain and the rational, calming front of the brain.

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