Day 1- Breathe In. Breathe Out. Smile

Watch the 2 videos for today’s resilience training. I think you will just love understanding the brains role in all of this!

I know you are BUSY. So I will make this QUICK & EFFECTIVE.

Did you know that when kids react to situations with anger, overwhelm, sadness or fear, the part of their brain that has sent this alarm off is sending them a flight or fight response?

The Amygdala is a part of our brain that is very small, yet very powerful and houses the emotions that can stimulate negative responses. And when it fires up, kids have described this feeling as their heads feeling smokey, steam coming out of their nostrils and like their head is on fire.

So, how do we teach kids to put out this fire?

The best way i have found to explain this is to give them the following example:

3 Calm Breaths. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Repeat.

Lets think about a birthday cake. How do we put the fire out on the candles?

Usually, the response we receive is.... Blow Them Out!

So, lets see how we can blow the fire out in our heads when we feel sad, anxious and angry.

Let's breathe in through our nose.
And now breathe out through our mouth.
Can everyone feel the warm air?
The same breathe is putting that fire out in our amygdala, the alarm part of our brain
Anytime you feel like there is a fire in your head, remember to take 3 calm breaths.

I hope this strategy is helpful in your home. 

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The Amygdala

The Amygdala is a part of our brain that is very small, yet very powerful and houses the emotions that can stimulate negative responses. And when it fires up, kids have described this feeling as their heads feeling smokey, steam coming out of their nostrils and like their head is on fire.