Take 5 and Breathe

Journal of Miss H

The festive season is in full swing and a New Year is on the horizon. It’s a time many of us start to reflect upon the last 12 months, and plan ahead for a fresh start next year.  Celebrations, unexpected events and increased social interactions can create a busy and exciting time for children and adults alike, but it can also trigger overwhelm, stress and anxiety. This is where mindful breathing can help.

To keep calm and focus on the present moment, the Take 5 Breathing method is a simple and tactile activity to self-regulate and breathe mindfully, whilst balancing emotions and letting go of stress. Take 5 Breathing has also been featured as a mindfulness activity in my book, ‘Mindful Little Yogis. Here’s how to do it:

  • Spread out the fingers of one hand into a star shape.
  • Bring this hand to eye level with…

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