Bubble Breathing

(Because you can’t feel angry when you say “bubbles”) Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Breathing is probably one of the most basic things we do every day. We breathe constantly and without thinking about it, but when we get upset, our breathing changes. When someone feels scared, angry, or anxious, their breathing tends to get faster and more shallow, and we often don’t even realize this is happening! Fast breathing makes our bodies feel like we are not getting enough air, which causes us to breathe even faster and become more agitated. It’s a vicious cycle.

Just like breathing faster can cause anxiety and other negative feelings to go up, breathing slowly and deliberately can bring these feelings down. This activity helps kids visualize something non-threatening (bubbles) while bringing their attention to taking slow, calming breaths. I practice it in session before printing off a copy to bring home and practice later.

Published by Amy Marschall, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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