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An exercise to reduce your anxiety today

I'm excited to share a new strategy with you today. This strategy is proven to decrease anxiety and take us out of our fight or flight mode and into our rest and digest mode. 

It's simple. It's quick. And when used daily over a period of time, it becomes more and more effective. 

Also, it's free!

Ready for the anti-climactic announcement?

It's focused, intentional breathing, also referred to as breathwork. It's using our breath to support our body. 

Stick with me. I know it can seem silly, but there's a large amount of research to back up the practice, so give it a try, and see if it's a practice you'd like to add to your daily self-care and detachment practices. 

Let me share how it works:

1) Open a YouTube video. 

2) Follow the prompts for one minute. 

That's it! Pretty easy eh?

Let's try one. You just breathe in as the shape builds, and exhale as the shape goes away. Sit up straight. Focus on the shapes. Let everything else pass in and out of your mind without attention for one minute.

 

Here's another one. This is called box breathing, and you can do it even without a video if you use your imagination.

 
 

If you teach older students, you could do these exercises with them! If you teach younger children, go to https://www.youtube.com/c/TheMentalHealthTeacher to find lots of great breathing and mindfulness exercises for littles. 

I'm excited for you to try some breath work this week as part of your self-compassion and detachment routine. Let me know how it goes!

-Dr. Jen Johnson

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