Many of the students we’re seeing for test prep are feeling unusually stressed due to the non-stop uncertainty that surrounds them, which hinders preparing for the SAT, the ACT, and any other test or school assignment they’re asked to task.
Before we start tutoring we ask how a student is feeling. To those who are feeling the building stress of it all, we suggest they take a deep breath and then close their eyes as they exhale out slowly through the nose. If that makes them feel a little better, we refer them to this link
Because controlled breathing has been shown to reduce stress and increase alertness – two factors essential to successful study.
We then challenge them to try the three different approaches to destressing (Coherent Breathing, Rock and Roll Breathing, and Energizing Ha Breath) to identify which one works best.