You can do this activity anytime during the day or may try it out during times of rest, like just before bedtime, naptime or during the quieter afternoon hours.
To start the activity, tell your child all they have to do is take deep, full breaths and exhale slowly. After sitting in a relaxed position, ask your child to close his/her eyes and count “1”, “2” and “3” for each breath inhaled and exhaled. Ask them to pause after each exhale.
Now you need to ask questions to your children. The questions could range from something like – “Is the air filling in your lungs like a balloon?”, “Does an inhale feel like breathing in fresh, cold air?”, “What does an exhale feel like – warm, releasing worries?” Encourage them to think of what they feel and answer in mind.
Once the exercise is done, ask them to open their eyes gently.
Focusing on breathing is a great way to gain relief from anxious thoughts and overwhelming feelings. By letting your children focus on their breaths for just five to ten minutes, you can help them unwind and rejuvenate mentally and physically. Moreover, mindfulness breathing helps build on children’s ability to focus.