When your kids experience big emotions, they may feel stressed or overwhelmed. By resting and recharging through relaxation, your kids can calm their bodies and brains as they navigate their way through those feelings. Practicing deep breathing is a great way to relax! Plus, evidence shows that mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing can improve concentration, help decrease pain, regulate emotions, or ease anxiety. 

When doing these deep-breathing exercises, get comfortable. You can lie down, sit, kneel, or whatever you need to do to get in a comfy position. Count softly during the inhale, hold, and exhale to keep a consistent rhythm. Repeat each breathing exercise 5 times or until your child feels relaxed. Take a look at some of our favorite deep breathing routines:


Belly Breathing

Child breathes deeply while resting their hands on their stomach

Buddy Breath

Two people holding hands

Dragon Breath

Blue dragon exhales fire and flies away

Flower and Candle Breath

Blue flower with five petals and a dark green stem

Rainbow Breath

Rainbow with clouds on each end

Volcano Breath

Volcano releases steam from the top

Whale Breath

Large whale sprays water while swimming

For more breathing techniques, check out some of our favorite follow-along videos: 

  1. Countdown to Calm: A Calm Down Activity for Kids - Here's another great video to use if you're looking for more relaxation resources.
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  2. Relax with Dakota: A Mindful Meditation for Kids - This kid-friendly guided meditation video is a great tool to use when your kids need a visual guide to relax. It's available in Spanish, too. Check it out!
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  3. Animal Breathing Techniques - We have even more animal-themed breathing exercises for you and your kids to follow along with here!
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How do you feel after those breathing exercises? Practice them often and soon your kids will be able to self-regulate like professionals! Being aware of feelings and emotions is the first step to managing your mood.

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