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Managing stress through self-soothing exercises

May. 14, 2020

During this uncertain time when our haumāna need support, we continue to share weekly tips for educators from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Following is an activity that can promote self-regulation when students are feeling stressed and provide a healthy sense of control over controllable aspects of an overwhelming situation.

Doing quick mindfulness or self-soothing exercises such as smelling a flower or four-corner breathing prior to completing a lesson can help manage student stress. Four-corner breathing involves inhaling deeply and exhaling deeply four times. Students can complete this breathing exercise by standing up and taking one inhale and exhale breath while facing each of the four corners in a room.



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