Of all the different techniques that we, at Mindful Healing, can help teens learn, Belly Breathing is the most important. Why? Because it can be applied to just about every distressing situation your teen may encounter from being bullied to having to do homework they would rather avoid.
Belly Breathing-The goal of belly breathing is to help your teen learn to be calm and non-judgmental. Simply allowing thoughts to come and go without being attached to them.
Simply, ironic isn’t it? It is simple AND it isn’t. Belly breathing takes practice both physically and mentally. Learning to belly breath has more benefits that I can possibly list here, but I will give some of my favorites.
- We learn to become an observer of our-self creating space between thought, feeling and behavior.
- We learn to have more control of our thoughts and increase focus.
- We calm our central nervous system and its reaction, we connect our feeling brain and thinking brain. This one is crucial. This is the only way to connect our feeling brain and thinking brain. Want your teen to be able to think when upset? Belly breathing is the #1 skill!
How to practice: (Belly breathing) Sit comfortably, imagine a balloon in your belly…allow thoughts to come and go..just notice sounds, physical sensations, emotions, be non-judgemental.
Just remember that the use of mindful breathing is the basic brick in the foundation of all the other techniques that can help your teen cope with life events!