Have you tried breathing exercises with your child? Well... if you need some convincing here’s everything you need to know about conscious breathing, its benefits and how to get started. Deep breathing, also known as abdominal breathing is the use of breathing for various mental and physical health benefits.
Like anything else, it takes practice. We recommend at least 3, 5-minute sessions weekly. Consistency is key. At first your child might find it hard to sit still or get used to this new practice, but be patient. Deep breathing will help your child relax. Conscious breathing has many benefits for both children and adults. These benefits include:
- Decreased Stress
- Reduced anxiety
- Sharpened focus and learning ability
- Slowed heart rate
- Lowering of blood pressure & Emotional controlConscious breathing doesn’t have to be boring.
Trying blowing bubbles, a pinwheel, a party horn, or a feather when breathing out to make it more fun. Have your child relax, take a deep breath in and breathe out. Start with some deep breathing in the morning, after school or before bed. It is also nice to teach your child to practice deep breathing before something stressful as a coping mechanism (a test, an evaluation, etc.).
While you might already know storybook, as an app with a library of stories and massage techniques, did you know about our new Breathing Stories? Keep an eye out for them soon, and breathe in and breathe out with Storybook.