A Boy and a Bear: A Relaxation Story
Children ages 4-7 love to pretend that they are the bear or the boy as they practice deep breathing. The boy notices how nice the sun feels, how good it is to lie on the flat rock and how he likes to take deep breaths (counting 1-2-3-4). The bear playfully imitates the boy, and they end up drifting off to sleep with the boy resting on the bear’s belly, noticing how his belly goes up and down while he breathes. Simple, beautiful, brilliant. The technique focuses on belly breathing also known as diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing is calming and can have a positive impact on your child’s health and immune system. It can lower stress and anxiety levels. It can be used to decrease pain and anger.