Looking for a way to calm down with your kids? There are so many benefits of deep breathing exercises or meditation for kids and families. Breathing exercises have been used for hundreds of years to improve health and well-being. A growing body of evidence shows that mindfulness techniques can improve concentration, help decrease pain, regulate emotions, or ease anxiety. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to share mind-body techniques with their children—and prompts teachers to incorporate mindfulness training into their lesson plans.

You can use this Animal Breathing Video to help kids through five different breathing exercises. The video uses animations and guided imagery to help kids learn different techniques and find one that works best for them, all inspired by animals! Everyone can follow along while listening to calming music and learn new techniques in a fun way!

Bunny Breathing: Use a series of short, quick breaths to increase oxygen to the brain.

Bumble Bee Breathing: Slow breaths and buzzing can help reduce your heart rate and stress level.

Lion Breathing: Use big, deep breaths and roaring to release anger and frustration.

Bear Breathing: Focus on holding your breath to create a feeling of peace and restfulness.

Crocodile Breathing: Use yoga positions to breathe deeply in your belly.

Deep breathing doesn’t have to be perfect, and practice makes progress. If it doesn’t help right away, keep trying. Try incorporating deep breathing into a child’s daily routine. It can help them calm down before bedtime or regulate their emotions during a tantrum. These exercises are generally safe and have many health benefits, but it is recommended to discuss any lifestyle change with your pediatrician or medical provider.

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