I teach children to practice “Take Five” when they feel overwhelmed or fearful.
We hold up our hand and count down five long, smooth breaths, folding in a digit with each breath.
This is a beneficial habit for adults, too. It serves a dual purpose:
1. We give ourselves a moment (five actually) to breathe before reacting; we are able to respond mindfully.
2. We are performing the international sign for stop, which may cause the other (the trigger) to pause and breathe.
Take five conscious breaths.
Do this often.
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