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Try intentionally slowing down your breathing. Each time you inhale think to yourself, “I am breathing in for one,” and as you exhale think, “I am breathing out for one.” Repeat this until you reach the number five. Then pause and notice how you feel. You can repeat this breathing exercise anytime you feel overwhelmed.
Practice taking slow, deep breaths out. Sometimes when we feel anxious or stressed our breathing gets quick and shallow. Focusing on slowing down and lengthening your breathing can help you feel calm. You can use a straw to practice these slow breaths. Take a deep breath in, put the straw to your lips and slowly breathe out.
You can use a pinwheel to practice taking deep breaths. Take a deep breathe in and as you breathe out, blow onto your pinwheel and watch it spin. You can adjust your breathing to make the pinwheel spin fast or slow. If you don’t have a pinwheel you can use a feather, cotton ball or anything light enough to move when you blow on it.