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Stress Relief Breathing Exercises for Children

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Breathe in, breathe out. Pay attention to your breath as it comes in and out. Notice how it makes you feel. There! You just practiced mindfulness! 

The American Psychological Association found practicing mindfulness reduces stress, anxiety and depression; can improve physical health; and reduce pain, fatigue and stress.*

Elizabeth Erwin, EdD, early childhood expert and author of the book, The Power of Presence (coming October 2020), shares easy and approachable ways children and adults can practice mindfulness. Grab your child and watch as she guides you—and your child—how to practice a breathing exercise.

Find more mindfulness activities for families and educators and breathing exercises for young children.



About the author 

Elizabeth Erwin, EdD, is a professor of early childhood, elementary, and literacy education at Montclair State University. Her scholarship explores early childhood and inclusive education, the power of mindfulness and well- being, family-professional partnerships, a sense of belonging in early childhood, and self-determination. She is a prolific author and has published widely in prestigious academic journals and books.


*Creswell, D., PhD, & Khoury, B., PhD. (2019, October 30). Mindfulness meditation: A research-proven way to reduce stress Mindfulness meditation can improve both mental and physical health. Retrieved April 16, 2020, from https://www.apa.org/topics/mindfulness-meditation

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