The Kids in This Video Explain How They Calm Down When They're Upset

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How do you get kids to calm down when they’re screaming, fighting, worried, angry, or upset?
 
There are a range of strategies, but one thing that can help is very simple. It’s the same thing we need to do as adults whenever we get angry or worked up.
 
 
 

These kids are learning that slow, deep breaths increase the supply of oxygen to their brains and help them think more clearly. They know that while it can be hard to remember to take a deep breath in the heat of the moment, if they practice deep breathing regularly, taking calm breaths can become automatic.

One of these kids' moms is a filmmaker who got inspired to make this film after overhearing her “then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths.”

Learn more on the video’s YouTube page.
 
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