Breathing exercises have health benefits because they help in calming the nerves and improving the flow of energy to our body. Medical practitioners take advantage of this to help in the treatment of various ailments. Below is a description of 5 conditions common with children and how breathing exercises can assist with the healing process.

1.) School phobia

The fear of going to school is called school phobia.
School phobia can be diagnosed when a kid refuses to go to school for more than 4 minutes. Ordinarily it would appear unexplainable why the child does not want to go to school. Many children with this ailment would experience insecurity, have mood swings and may be tense. School phobia usually occurs with school children between 5-7 years and 11- 14 years. The most prevalent feelings in children diagnosed with school phobia are insecurity, low self-esteem, helplessness and anxiety.

Breathing exercises can help relax, and balance.

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2.) Anxiety

Anxiety is a reaction to something real or imaginative and it acts on our thoughts, feelings and body. It occurs especially if one is too pedantic, precise and prone to exaggerated fear. However if anxiety occurs too often, it can become a serious disorder.

Relaxing and distracting thoughts from the problem are two of several ways to deal with anxiety. Focusing on breathing and by using a long exhalation to relax your body, the anxiety state will be easier to overcome.

3.) Insomnia

The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. It may be temporary or chronic.
Insomnia involves one or more problems, such as inability to fall asleep and preserve sleep for the whole night. It most commonly occurs in people who are exposed to stress, noise in the environment, extreme temperature and the likes.

To fall asleep more easily try this exercise with me.

4.) Singing

When we sing Or speak, the goal is to produce a sound that is supported by a consistent flow of air. This result can only be attained by becoming aware of the breathing process in your body and using that process in the most efficient way possible.

When you breathe in, you must allow the diaphragm to fully descend, therefore bringing in the largest quantity of air. Then, when you begin to sing, you must engage the epigastrium to create a supported air flow for the sound. When the diaphragm relaxes, it does help to regulate the flow of air but it does not create the supported sound. Try to keep the rib cage in the chest and lungs as expanded as possible even as you exhale the breath.

All of these muscles working together can create an efficient, consistent stream of air that will help a singer create a strong and beautiful voice. And most importantly by placing the work of breath support on the proper breathing muscles. By doing this we are avoiding adding stress and tension to the throat and all the small muscles contained in your vocal mechanism. Examples of these muscles are vocal folds and larynx.

To Improve your voice you need to make your exhalation longer, more steady, and stronger.


Breathing significantly affects the balance of our focus and energy, which may be especially important for kids dealing with ADD or ADHD. Racing to catch a bus requires an output of physical energy.  Our breathing powerfully influences these shifting states and thus affects both body and mind. A deep, healthy breath is beneficial; when breathing becomes irregular or shallow there is a cause for concern.

For example when there is a pause in the breath or even when the normal vitality of breathing simply declines, the mind and the nervous system become alert, watching to see what will happen next. As the pause lengthens or as the breath becomes listless and shallow, our deep-seated instincts attempt to arouse the breath and get it moving again. We may find ourselves sighing, yawning or breathing through the mouth to quickly acquire air and replenish our energy. We may employ muscles for breathing that usually remain dormant, or we may shift our posture to help the breath flow more easily. All these relatively unconscious modifications of the breathing process are intended to reestablish a more normal state of energy within us.

The fact that we can modify our breathing consciously means that with training we can be much more effective in managing our energy than if we were to leave the process entirely to unconscious forces. We can deepen the breath, calm it and make it more regular and even eliminate the pauses that so subtly disturb the nervous system. In other words through our breathing we have access to the system of energy within us. That access is available whenever we want to turn towards it.