This is an activity I use with kids to help them take big breaths. It’s good to have a lot of breathing activities to choose from in your arsenal as a therapist, since everyone responds differently to the different techniques.
This activity will help you practice taking big breaths to calm your body. You can use the flower on this page, trace an imaginary flower in the air, or picture the flower in your mind.
Slowly trace each of the flower petals, trying to take as much time as you can. On the petal with an arrow pointing up, inhale as your finger goes around the petal. When you get to the petal with the circle, hold that big breath while your finger goes around. Then, blow slowly out of your mouth like you are making a bubble.
You can repeat this activity as many times as you need to until your body feels calm!