Just Breathe: Kids Talk About Difficult Emotions and Using the Breath to Relieve Stress

Much is known about the power of the breath to reduce stress.  Slow, deep breathing triggers the relaxation response that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress.  It decreases your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension.  Many throughout the world enjoy the benefits of the breath via mindfulness and other related practices. Children are learning about it too.

The film, “Just Breathe” was inspired by Julie Bayer Salzman observing her then five year old son talking to his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain (they were learning about this in their kindergarten class) and how to calm down by taking deep breaths.

“Just Breathe” was unscripted and filmed one afternoon with some of the children and families from his class.

If using the breath to relieve stress isn’t something you’ve experienced I hope you will try it.  It’s one of the easiest practices that any of us do at any time.  The next time you notice yourself being overwhelmed by uncomfortable feelings like anger or fear, try it.

Close your eyes and just breathe…

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT is the creator of with emotional and relationship health articles, guides, courses and other tools for individuals and couples. She is a frequent consultant for the media having appeared in,, and others. Lisa has a private practice in Marin County, CA and offers Emotional Health and Relationship Consultations via email, phone or video conference.

Add comment