Our kids often have a difficult time taking an effective deep breath. Try these tricks and let us know if you see an improvement:
- Blow the biggest bubble contest. Encourage exhaling for as long as is comfortable and a deep inhale will follow.
- Take a ping pong ball and draw a "goal" at the end of a table. See how many breathes it takes to blow the ball over the goal line. Try to improve their score everyday.
- Have them blow a feather in the air and using only their breath, see how long they can keep it from touching the ground.
- Set a timer and slowly extend the time each day until you get to 3 minutes.
It is important for kids and adults to practice deep breathing everyday but it is equally as important for their caregivers to reduce stress and increase energy.