Wellbeing Tip

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week’s wellbeing tip is in relation to breathing. This helps to support our ‘Mind’ in relation to The Burford Body.

We practise breathing exercises often within the classroom and they work particularly well as a ‘brain break’ or after breaktimes and lunchtimes. Within our Jigsaw PSHE lessons, each lesson has a section named ‘Calm Me’ where the children listen to a meditation, practise their calm breathing and listen to the sound of a chime to focus their mind. I have recently been interviewing children across the school on their thoughts on our wellbeing programme. Not only have the responses been overwhelmingly positive but each year group has referenced how much they enjoy taking the time to breathe and relax.

This can be incorporated into home life too. Meditation and relaxation before bedtime can be very effective, particularly if your child has trouble settling to sleep.
Here are a few of my favourite breathing exercises which you might like to try:

Concentration hands breath
• start with hands slightly apart with a space between each finger
• breathe in – touch little fingers – breathe out
• breathe in – touch ring fingers – breathe out
• breathe in – touch middle fingers – breathe out
• breathe in – touch fore fingers – breathe out
• breathe in – touch thumbs – breathe out
• breathe in – touch wrists – breathe out
• breathe in – touch palms – breathe out
• breathe in and out – palms go in and out

5,4,3,2,1 technique (breathe deeply and notice…)
• 5 things you can see
• 4 things you can hear
• 3 things you can feel
• 2 things you can smell
• 1 thing you can taste

Belly breathing
• Place your hands on your tummy with your longest fingers touching
• Take a big deep breath in – can you feel your fingers move further apart?
• Take a big deep breath out – can you feel your fingers move closer together?

I hope you enjoy trying these at home! Have a great weekend.

Best wishes,
Miss Barnes

 

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