In my research of mindfulness, it has been amazing to me to read about all of the different types of breathing that can help with anxiety. As someone who can be pretty anxious myself, I have been trying some of these techniques and have found them to be very helpful. It is amazing how cleansing it can be!
One of the types of breathing that I have tried and look forward to sharing with my students is what I call “four square breathing”. The pattern for the breathing goes like this: Breathe in for a count of 4, Hold for a count of 4, Breathe out for a count of 4, Hold for a count of 4. This is a great way to get breathing back to normal or to simply focus and slow down.
As always, anytime you do breathing with kids, be very careful when asking them to hold their breath for any length of time. This is best used with older kids as they are able to monitor themselves much better than little ones.