This is a quick tip for when you want to calm and center yourself, or release tension (e.g. at a job interview, in traffic, or when you’re processing a disappointment).
I don’t recommend taking a deep breath.
… I recommend taking a slow breath (the Bubbles part is coming…).
Breathe in through your nose for a count of 1, 2, 3.
Then, breathe out through your mouth like you’re blowing a big bubble with bubble mixture. The idea is to blow very gently so you don’t break it. Slow and smooth. Empty your lungs on each out breath.
Dare you to try it!
Parents can teach this Blowing Bubble technique to anxious children or children who need to work on delaying and modulating their reactions (role play using it with them, and model to them that you use it yourself e.g. when you’re stuck in traffic, tell them you’re going to blow a bubble). Hopefully they’ll laugh at you but learn the lesson!