Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress

Dr Nicola Barclay, University of Oxford Sleep Scientist, and John Tuton, Mammoth Founder, discuss how different breathing techniques can help reduce worry and improve your sleep.

JT: I’d like to contribute to that bit actually, and it’s this idea of breathing and meditation. I don’t know what it is when you’re post-40, but these things all of a sudden become more prevalent and things I haven’t tried before. And I must admit, it’s through this pandemic. I started using, you know, general apps, the likes of Headspace and what have you that give free introductions to these breathing techniques to help you wind down, rightly or wrongly.

I’ve actually done it in the bedroom rather than maybe out of the bedroom to then coming in a better state. But I’ve genuinely found them really, really, really helpful. And I’m very new to it, and I’m the world’s biggest worrywart. And I think one of the biggest things I’d take from that as well is this dedicated worry time. If I actually look at my day, you know, I’m pretty much from from 7:00 in the morning, all the way to I fall asleep. It’s constantly there.

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Watch the full interview here.