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Breathe in, breathe out: Breathing tips for relaxation

Stress and worry can affect everyone at times, even younger children. The American Institute of Stress reported that deep breathing exercises raise the supply of oxygen to the brain, while stimulating certain areas of the nervous system. In other words, focused breathing lets you move away from the worries floating around your head and quiets your mind. Dr. Peggy Decker, a Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician said that neither you nor your children require extensive training or experience to benefit from relaxing breathing techniques. Decker noted children are especially receptive to them. Here is one technique recommended by the Mayo Clinic Health System:

  • First, you and your children should lie down on a flat surface and get comfortable. Making it a family activity can help them get excited and ready to go.
  • Next, on your stomachs, place your hand or a small object such as your child's favorite toy. Each time you take a big breath, you should watch the object or your hand move as you breath in and out slowly.
  • Lastly, let your shoulders and neck relax as you breath in through your nose and out through your mouth 15 or 20 times.

This kind of breathing technique can be an easy activity to do before bedtime to calm your children down, or before they go to school each day. It can help them learn to manage their emotions and deal with whatever situation may come their way.

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