Everyone can benefit by developing healthy methods of self-soothing to use when under stress.Your breath is the most useful tool you own; it’s free and readily available, though usually taken for granted. Deep breaths carry lifegiving oxygen to your brain so you can think more clearly, relieve stress and vent feelings. Consciously choose to use this source of immense power and strength. It only takes a few moments to breathe intentionally and feel centered again.
TODAY when you feel anxious or agitated, take a few slow, deep breaths. Consciously focus your awareness on the air going in your nose and out your mouth. See if you can get your breath all the way down into your belly. Hold it a moment before exhaling. You may want to give a little audible sigh on the exhale to release tension. If you teach your child to take slow, deep breaths, you will both have life-long access to an easy, useful self-soothing tool.