Bubble Breathing 2: When The Bubbles Pop

Back in August, I shared a therapy activity that teaches kids to visualize blowing their negative feelings into bubbles. This is a great way to introduce therapeutic breathing techniques and one that I’ve used myself when I’m trying to fall asleep after a stressful day.

(Because it’s still impossible to be angry while you’re saying “bubbles”) Photo by Chevanon Photography on Pexels.com

Recently, a client gave me some feedback: they said they blow the feeling into a bubble, but then the bubble pops, and the feeling splatters back all over them! That doesn’t help bring the feeling down.

I did some googling and found out that there are recipes for “unbreakable” bubbles. These bubbles aren’t technically indestructible, but they hold their shape much longer than regular bubbles.

If a child is having trouble with their bubbles popping, or they’re not able to visualize images in their mind, you can make the unbreakable bubbles together (some day in the future when we can meet with kids in person again). Follow the instructions in my Bubble Breathing post above, but blow real, unpoppable bubbles! Of course, the bubbles will still pop eventually, so you can add that the bad feeling gets dissolved once it’s inside of the bubble.

Take Bubble Breathing to the next level by making real, unbreakable bubbles!

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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