Reduce Stress through Deep Breathing
Let’s face it, back-to-school is a stressful time for everyone, children and parents! With all the new experiences, assignments, and activities that the new school year brings, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. That’s why it’s great to have a quick, simple tool like deep breathing to calm yourself and reset when you’re feeling stress and anxiety getting the best of you.
When we’re feeling stressed or anxious, we tend to take shallow breaths, limiting oxygen in the body which leads to an increased heart rate and muscle tension. It also sends a signal to the body to release a stress response. Deep breathing helps to signal our bodies to relax and eases the physical symptoms of stress. This is a wonderful trick to teach your whole family to manage difficult moments. Follow the directions below to instantly lower your stress levels.
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for the count of 4 seconds.
Hold the breath for 4 seconds.
Slowly exhale for 4 seconds through your mouth.
Repeat 2-3 times and feel the difference!
This deep breathing exercise is great to do in the morning, before a big meeting or presentation, and at night to help you relax before bed. Try it out and let us know how deep breathing works for you!