Rationale

Deep breathing (also known as diaphragmatic breathing) involves intentional expansion of the abdomen, while inhaling slowly and deeply. Practicing this several times a day can help to increase alertness, and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress (Varvogli & Darviri, 2011), positive behaviour and happiness. It can also help to create a sense of calm, while decreasing stress.

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Benefits for Educators:

Benefits for Students:

Deep Belly Breathing

Division: All
Purpose:To help students develop a deeper mind/body connection, by practicing deep breathing to support self-regulation, awareness of emotions, and resiliency.

Take Five Breathing

Division: All
Purpose: To provide students with a tool to calm their anxious feelings and manage stress.

Breathe With the Bell

Division: All
Purpose: To help students develop a practice that will help them self-regulate and to calm feelings of anxiety during stressful circumstances.

Snowstorm in a Bag

Division: Primary & Junior
Purpose: To encourage students to engage in deep breathing using a fun technique.

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