Bubble Breathing

(Because you can’t feel angry when you say “bubbles”) Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Breathing is probably one of the most basic things we do every day. We breathe constantly and without thinking about it, but when we get upset, our breathing changes. When someone feels scared, angry, or anxious, their breathing tends to get faster and more shallow, and we often don’t even realize this is happening! Fast breathing makes our bodies feel like we are not getting enough air, which causes us to breathe even faster and become more agitated. It’s a vicious cycle.

Just like breathing faster can cause anxiety and other negative feelings to go up, breathing slowly and deliberately can bring these feelings down. This activity helps kids visualize something non-threatening (bubbles) while bringing their attention to taking slow, calming breaths. I practice it in session before printing off a copy to bring home and practice later.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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