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Deep Breathing for Children

Help Kids Relieve Stress 

Deep breathing for kids has many benefits. It can help relieve the symptoms of stress.In fact, this type of breathing exercise is a really simple and highly effective strategy for all kids to learn! By teaching children to breath in and out deeply they can release built up stress in their system. 

Starting the day with large breaths, with five large breaths in and out, can work wonders! It is also a great strategy to teach during anger management.
By breathing in a controlled fashion children take the time to think about their actions before they speak or act angrily with another person.

Steps to Breathing Properly

There are a few simple steps to manage the technique. Practice these with your kids a few times a day for 2-3 minutes and they will have it down pat in no time at all!

1. Explain the benefits of this type of breathing to your child.

2. Model the method to your child by breathing in deeply while counting to 3 in your head.

3. Hold for one second them releasing your breath slowly and thoughtfully. Repeat several times. 

3. Ask your child to breathe in with you and breathe out. Repeat 5-6 times.

As your son or daughter becomes used to the rhythm of the breathing exercises ask them to pick a focal point and this can become a more meditative practice. 

Benefits

This type of breathing reduces stress -breathe in very deeply and hold for the best benefit. It releases endorphins. Endorphins make us feel good and reduce pain. They can also help improve gut health.

It also helps to focus the mind and getting ready for the tasks again. To learn more about the brain and emotionscheck out this page. Another benefit is the calming effect it has on us. Teaching children this skill from a young age will help them to regulate and manage themselves in times of stress.


Deep Breathing for Kids

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