Pause and breathe: these simple behaviors can restore calm and redirect negativity. Hitting “Pause” during stressful, emotional, or intense moments has the power to diffuse even the most difficult situations.
Breathing can reverse some of our “fight or flight” response by counteracting the production of stress hormones and reducing heart rate and blood pressure. Next time you feel your pulse rise:
- Stop. Take 3-5 slow, deep breaths.
- Ask yourself, “How do I want to respond?” If you pause before reacting, there is a good chance that you will change your response – and avoid those “Why did I say that?!” situations.
- Teach this technique to your kids so that they can learn to diffuse intense moments at home, at school, and with friends.
Life is on constant fast-forward mode, especially in ADHD families. Pause. Breathe. And hit “Play” when you’re back on track.