Teach deep breathing with this simple app.
A very simple app to teach deep breathing when working on stress management, self-calming, coping, relaxation strategies. I usually start with this strategy because it is simple to learn and do, it is effective, it can be done anywhere and without attracting attention, it does not require any special tools or equipment, and once learned, it is something we can stop and do any time it is needed during a therapy session. You can set the length of time, the breathing pattern (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and breaths per minute. I simply use the beginner 1:2, which is inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds. I use the image of smell the flowers and blow out the candle. I hold my fist under my chin as if I am holding a bouquet of flowers and smelling as I inhale, then I switch to holding up my index finger to represent blowing out a candle as I exhale. Individuals of many levels can understand and do this. If you start your therapy session with this exercise you may also have the added benefit of everyone starting the session calm and relaxed. :)
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