Teaching kids deep breathing is a great way to help them wind down at ‘that time’ of the afternoon! Or to help them de-stress from worries. Adults can greatly benefit too! Check out this article for the reasons why deep breathing can help.
Following on from the last article on deep breathing here are some other ideas to teach your kids this skill.
- Abdominal breathing Place one hand over your heart and the other over your abdomen. Breathe normally, noticing the rise and fall of your chest and abdomen. Continue this practice for about 10 breaths.
- 1,2,3………..Sigh! Count slowly 1…2…3… (either aloud or silently) as you breathe in. Then give a long sigh as you breathe out. Repeat this several times until you feel yourself calming down.
- Snake breathing Breathe in normally. Then with a long breath out, make a SSSSSSSS sound like a snake.
- Bee breathing Breathe in normally, Then make a humming or buzzing sound like a bee as you exhale an extended breath out.
- Feather breathing Hold a soft feather in one hand and raise that hand as you breathe in. Let go of the feather and breathe out slowly as you watch the feather float to the ground. Try to make your breath out last until the feather reaches the ground.
- Smiling Mind is a great free resource. It is a website with short guided mindfulness meditations for kids, broken into age groups to suit the respective developmental level (it also has a meditations for adults!)
- Relax Kids is another website with guided meditations for kids. Unfortunately it’s not free, but well worth the spend (I’ve used it with quite a few kids in therapy before, they love it!).