Back to School at FamilyEducation.com
|

Don't Wait to Exhale

When your stomach is churning, your pulse is racing, and your mind has locked into a defensive mode, you can bet you've shifted into the stress response. One way to reduce a rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, sweaty palms, etc. is to slow your system down with focused steady breathing.

  • Sit in a chair with your spine straight and your feet on the floor. Close your eyes, if you wish. Inhale slowly to the count of six, bringing the air all the way down to your diaphragm. Hold your breath for the count of two, and then slowly release the breath to the count of six, letting the muscles in your neck and shoulders relax. Repeat eight to ten times, or until you feel your system settling down.
  • As you exhale slowly, vocalize "ahhh," if you wish...or "phew," "yes," or "okay."
Remember when your mother used to tell you to count to ten? Well, she was wisely coaching you on how to stay in the driver's seat and manage your emotions, instead of letting them manage you.
|

A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.

Buy on Amazon


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Printable Fall Fun To-Do List
Celebrate the cooler weather with this printable checklist of fun fall activities for your whole family.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Care Package Items for College Students
Show your college student that you love and miss her by mailing a care package full of dorm room essentials and comforting treats. Whether it's her birthday, exam time, or just because, get care package ideas to brighten her day.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!