A Random Diablog.
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Long busy days, late nights, screens, after school clubs etc most kids it seems, are pretty busy and so are most adults.
A Pause in Your Day
When I’m teaching, I often have a slot where I encourage the class to have a pause in their day. They’ll sit up straight or stand, close their mouths, put their index finger near the tip of their nose, to help them focus, and breathe, as simple as that, just breathe. There’s always one or two who take big gulps of air, mess about and giggle but they soon get into it – a nice, slow, easy, continuous deep breath in, and then out for a little longer.
Restore Calm, Balance, Energy, Creativity
I explain that noticing their breath is a wonderful tool to use at any time of day, it can restore calm, balance, energy, creativity and give them a moment where they can chose to respond or react to a situation.
I may even teach them about the ‘amyglada‘ in their brain and share a child-like story about a dog to help them to understand it, and why sometimes this area benefits from a little tlc.
How can we introduce breathe work?
If you’d like to introduce this breathing idea to a child, pick a time when they are receptive, sometimes I find it easier to teach a class of 33 than my own children. If we are sitting together and connecting over a game, loom bands, lego or something peaceful, I might suggest it then. The best thing we can do though is to model it ourselves to them.
Importantly, reflect on how you feel after a few of these breaths.
Join our Meet Up Group
There are lots of ideas for how we can connect, communicate, stay calm and generally be more playful as a family, which I’ll share at our next random meet up in April.
In the meantime, just put your lips together and breathe.