By: Summer Darnell, LMHC
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There’s a scientific reason why we “take a deep breath” when we are feeling upset. Dr. Dan Siegel (author of The Whole Brain Child), provides us with an easy-to-understand, kid-approved model of how and why our brains benefit from an extra dose of time and oxygen through his Hand Model of the Brain (see a kid-friendly video explanation here). This is especially helpful and relevant in our current environments at home and in the classroom; or in places where the home and the classroom are now one and the same.
In addition to the everyday ups and downs, stresses and adversities that regularly occur in life, we are all currently experiencing prolonged exposure to toxic stress