When our stress levels rise, our breathing speeds up and becomes shallower. By learning how to breathe differently, children can feel more relaxed. Belly breathing is a useful breathing technique that teaches one to breathe using the belly (diaphragm) more than the chest.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that slowly relaxes each different muscle group in the body.
The peaceful scene
Also called visualization, this is thinking in pictures, images and sensations. Visualization is a strategy that uses the imagination to calm the mind and get rid of worries or stressful thoughts. Children can imagine walking through a forest or along the beach, describing all the images and sensations they experience.