Posted on March 09 2018
Here’s a quick mindfulness breathing activity that’s easy for young children to grasp and use any time during the day. It can also be done discretely so if the child recognizes the need to take a moment to focus on their breath without anyone else knowing, this can be done with their hands under a desk if in school, or if standing or sitting, with hands in their laps.
Try it out for yourself, too! This is sure to help with anxiety or other strong emotions for anyone at any age!
Begin by extending the fingers of one hand. Then, using the pointer finger of the other hand, start at the base of the thumb on the extended hand and slowly travel up the side of the thumb on an inhale. At the top of the thumb, slowly exhale as the finger travels down the opposite side of the thumb. Continue to trace the entire hand inhaling with each rise and exhaling as the finger travels downward. Finish with an exhale once the base of the pinky finger is reached.
Give it a go a second time if emotions still aren’t in a good place.
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