Activity: take slow breaths to feel more grounded

This activity helps soothe stressful situations. Try to encourage your child to make it a daily practice, so that it becomes second nature.

  • Breathe in for four or five seconds. Hold it for a moment. Then breathe out for four or five seconds.
  • Focus the attention on the sensation of slowing down. Feel the body and mind slowing down with each slow breath.

Get your child to repeat this for 30-60 seconds several times a day.

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