Why do deep breaths calm kids down?


How many of us parents have told our kids to take a deep breath in the middle of a meltdown or when they get frustrated? Why does this simple technique work (at least some of the time)? This week in the fun science for kids post, we’re exploring the breath and how it is so wonderful at calming kids (and us) down!

Science question for kids: Why does taking deep, slow breaths calm us?

What kids can do: Sit cross-legged. Close your eyes. Take 5 slow, deep breaths. See if you feel calmer and more relaxed.

Answer: Turns out that calming the breath calms the mind. Or, to be more precise, slow, deep breathing prevents your brain from getting too excited and hyperactive. If you want to get more scientific, there are a set of neurons in the brain that do not activate the brain’s arousal center when you are breathing slowly and deeply.

Bottom line: deep breathing = calm kid brain = happy parent:)

P.S. Our Yoga subscription box for kids explores the breath and using it to hold yoga poses. If you missed the Yoga box, it'll be back in the future!

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