When I speak to teachers around the country, I often get asked for activities which teachers can use to help the children manage their anxieties in their class. A really quick and simple one is the shape breathing technique!
Do this together as a class, or you can incorporate it into a lesson, and teach your children how to calm themselves using this simple star breathing technique.
- Start by holding up one hand with your fingers stretched out like a star
- As you breathe in and out follow each finger with the index finger of your opposite hand
- You don't just need to use a star, use different shapes to keep it interesting!
This technique can be used to manage anxiety in a simple and effective way and is great to use with the 'Grumpy jar' activity.
Let me know how you find it,
Imogen :-) "