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Hack Your Planner Series: Deep Breathing

Hack Your Planner Series: Deep Breathing

A few Saturdays ago, I presented my "Hack Your Planner" workshop to a group of teens, their parents, and teacher participants.

As I discussed the M.A.N.A.G.E. system, I talked about G -- giving yourself time.

We all need to give ourselves more time to:

1. create
2. brainstorm
3. turn uncertainty into thoughtful questions
4. grow and be a skilled beginner when learning (experiencing) something new
5. pause and take a moment

One of the teens, a 7th grader, told me school was already getting hard - even though it just started.

I asked him if he ever used deep breathing as a coping strategy when things seem difficult or when he was experiencing nervousness?

He said no - and he had never considered deep breathing to actually be a thing.

Together we:
• created a "mindfulness" tab in his planner (using washi tape),
• decorated a page with the steps for the breathing technique,
• and used brads (those things we used back in kindergarten) to insert a breathing tracking chart that could fold in and out of his planner (like a modified Dutch door).

He was so excited about this mindfulness idea - and I hope it will help in with his back-to-school jitters.

Do you practice deep breathing?

How do you calm yourself when your nervous about something?

How often do you give yourself a moment to pause - and breathe deeply?

Kanesha Baynard

Kanesha is the founder of the Bold Living Today community focused on helping members disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity and navigate transition with confidence and boldness.