What is 5 Calm Breaths?
This is a really simple breathing exercise that uses counting to help children focus on their breath. By counting on their fingers or in their heads as they breathe in and breathe out, children can calm their breath and begin to relax.
How does 5 Calm Breaths Work?
When we are anxious we can sometimes take lots of quicker and more shallow breaths. This exercise helps children focus on making those breaths deeper and longer- which can help them to feel calmer.
Like all breathing techniques- it is best to practice them when we feel calm. That way when the anxious feelings come we know what to do to help calm them down. Practising this exercise with children regularly helps them to feel confident about using it whenever they fell anxious or overwhelmed.
Introducing 5 Calm Breaths to Children
Here is a video of Zoe demonstrating how to practice the 5 Calm Breaths exercise and you can print this 5 Calm Breaths Tally Sheet to help track progress.