How to Teach Breathing Exercises to Kids 

What’s the secret? Why is deep breathing so important for our minds and bodies, and what’s the best way to teach breathing exercises to kids?

It’s one of the easiest and most natural ways to lower stress. Taking a deep breath sends a message to our brains to calm down and relax.

Why deep breathing is a vital tool for mental well-being.

What’s the best way to teach breathing exercises to kids?

Set up a time to practice daily. I suggest adding it to your morning or evening routine, whichever feels doable and realistic.

Most importantly, you’ll want to emphasize the importance of deep belly breathing. This means when you take a deep breath, your belly fills up like a balloon, and on the exhale, it deflates.

Shallow breathing (in the chest area) does not have the same benefits. Have your child place a stuffed animal on their belly and take it for a “ride” as they slowly breathe in and out.

Remember, children are sponges and are always watching you. Monkey see, monkey do. The more you breathe and put this into practice, the more likely your kids will too.