Take a second, plant your feet on the floor, roll your shoulders back and take a deep breath. In through your nose, out through your mouth. Feel good? Take another one. Nice.

Today’s strategy is called a Cooling Breath (or a Sitali breath). It can be used when we feel frustrated to help bring our body temperature back down along with our stress levels.

  1. Stick out your tongue and curl it like a straw. (If you can’t do that, it’s ok, just make a little circle with your lips like you are drinking from a straw).
  2. Breathe in for 5 counts. Be aware of the coolness of the air entering your body, going down your throat and into your lungs and belly.
  3. Bring your tongue back in your mouth and hold at the top of your breath for one second before exhaling through your nose.

Repeat 5 times, or for as long as feels good for you. Remember that your breath should never be labored. If 5 counts is too long, breathe in for 4. Do what feels comfortable.

Here’s a video that teaches/guides this if you’re interested.

Have a good rest of the week!

Brought to you by Christiane Buethe, Special Education Teacher and Restorative Justice Circles Instructor.