24+ | Connect with Your Breath
Practice the calming effect of deep breathing with your little one by integrating the senses of touch and smell. First, show your child what it feels like to take a deep breath; have them put their hand on your belly while you take a deep breathe in and smell the essential oil. Now it's their turn! Place your hand on their belly and have them do the same.
Diaphragmatic breathing is an accessible tool to help children handle stress throughout their lifetime. It works by disrupting the fight or flight response (the sympathetic nervous system) and restoring parasympathetic dominance. Once a child is feeling more relaxed, they are better able to cope with and respond to challenges.