Breakfast, packed lunches, school, work, chores, homework, and then dinner and bedtime routines. Our days as parents are never boring, are they? The last thing I want my fellow parents to do is to add another time-consuming ritual into their already-packed days. So, don’t let the word breathwork fool you. You’re only going to use your breath to work on your new stress-free lifestyle.
The other day, I did an Instagram Story asking everyone when was the last time you felt stressed beyond belief. I wasn’t surprised to see that most people had experienced significant stress within the previous week or month.
The way you breathe immediately impacts your stress levels. So if you’re breathing wrong, you’re prone to feel immediate and more stress than those who can use their breath to calm their minds and nerves, which makes those action-packed days even more exhausting.
I’m not going to use this blog to explain how your breath impacts your anxiety and stress. You can watch my free webinar for that. Instead, today I’m going to introduce breathing tools that your kids and you can use passively to make sure you’re taking just a few moments each day to relieve the pressure of those daily burdens.
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And the best part? You can find all of these breathwork tools on Amazon!
*Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission from the Amazon Service Associates Program.
I am honestly not that tech-savvy, so the Apple Watch was never at the top of my To-Buy list. But when I saw they had a Breathing App attached to it, I couldn’t say no.
The new Series 7 watch is the best if you’re looking for something that monitors your overall mental and physical health. Besides steps and calorie tracking, the new watch enables you to:
- Measure your blood oxygen with an all-new sensor and app
- Check your heart rhythm with the ECG app
- Breathe mindfully with daily deep breathing reminders
I recommend setting your Breathe reminders 3 times a day. Then all you have to do is follow the breathing pattern for your daily breathing exercises! I recommend doing the exercises for 3-5 minutes each time (each breathing round is 60 seconds).
That daily breath reminder really comes in handy!
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2. Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Wiley
You know when flight attendants are giving their safety instructions, and they tell you to buckle your seatbelt first and then tend to your children? They say this so that you are safe and secure enough to help your kids.
It’s the same with breathing exercises. You have to learn and understand its importance before teaching your children. That’s why books like Wiley’s Breathe Like a Bear is one of my go-to breathwork tools for parents and kids. You’ll get to learn mindfulness with your kids. This book is colorful, fun, and gives you 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements to begin your breath awareness journey (together!).
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3. A Breathing Necklace
Have you heard of the “Love Frequency”? According to one source, “The 528 Hz Solfeggio Frequency… is thought to resonate at the core of everything; connecting our heart, our spiritual nature, and the divine harmony. The 528 Hz frequency is a sensational tone that has been used since ancient civilizations to manifest miracles, bring blessings, and harness a healing property.”
This breathing necklace by Lovetuner on Amazon allows you to tune into this frequency wherever you go! Even if it sounds a little new-age, just think about how your mood lifts whenever you hear a good song. That’s the same feeling this necklace can bring you immediately.
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4. CalmiGo Calming Device
One thing that I usually have to teach parents is that they’re breathing wrong. Most adults turn into vertical breathers, which means you’re breathing through your chest instead of your diaphragm.
This causes you to feel out of breath constantly. You might even catch yourself feeling the need to yawn to Catch a full breath. This is your body telling you that you’re breathing is out of sync with your needs!
The CalmoGo breath work tool on Amazon helps you correct that. According to its description, “Using personalized breathing regulation and sensory stimulation, you can stop symptoms at the moment to gain back calm, control, and confidence.”
It only takes 9 minutes out of your day, and it leaves you with a sense of calm, energy, and focus.
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5. A Musical Instrument
The most fun way you can learn breath awareness and control is to pick up a musical instrument! You can use something like this harmonica on Amazon to activate your exhalation muscles. Any wind instrument can do the trick. The American Lung Association says, “I tend to think of breathing down toward the ground and pulling that air all throughout my body.” The exhale is just as important as the inhale.”
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BONUS Amazon Breathwork Tool!
I created a line of toys called The BE Buddy® to help kids regulate their breathing. These cute animal toys are an excellent calming tool to help kids practice belly breathing and relaxation for natural anxiety relief. It also doubles as a nice sleep pillow and is a great bedtime tool.
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Before you go and order these breathwork tools off of Amazon, it’s essential that you understand why breathing plays such a large role in your stresses and anxiety. And even more important, you need to prevent passing your stress onto your kids.
So, let’s fix both of these issues by adding a consistent breathwork practice at home with your kids. Check out my free resource portal for some fun breathing tips and techniques to get started.
Thanks for reading!
🧡 Stephanie Esser | Owner at Balancing Elephants | BE Buddy® (watch video)