A Mindful Minute: 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise for Kids (Video)
This mindful breathing technique is simple, yet powerful. The best part is it can be done anywhere and requires no equipment whatsoever. Breathing exercises can help shift the nervous system away from fight-or-flight mode (causing racing hearts, sweaty palms, shallow breathing etc.) into rest-and-digest mode (where the body heals and regenerates by performing tasks such as digestion, detoxification, elimination, and bolstering immunity.)
This breathing exercise is a wonderful way to calm anxious states of mind and body. Remember, any exercise should be done to one’s own comfort level.
To try it, watch the video above or follow these instructions:
1. Sit upright on the ground or in a chair.
2. Take a deep breath in through your nose to the count of 4.
3. Hold your breath to the count of 7.
4. Exhale through your mouth to the count of 8.
Jain, R. (2017). A Mindful Minute: 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise for Kids (Video). Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2014/12/a-mindful-minute-4-7-8-breathing-exercise-for-kids-video/