Kitchen: “I Am Safe” Breathing Card
How to Use the “I Am Safe” Breathing Card in the Kitchen
Active calming is an essential life skill, the key to the Power of Perception, and the prerequisite for self-regulation. S.T.A.R. stands for Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax. Three deep belly breaths help to shut off the fight, flight, or freeze response in the body.
Sophie’s mom and dad incorporate S.T.A.R. and other active calming techniques into their daily activities. They’ve also placed the I Am Safe Breathing Cards like this one and printouts of the free downloadable Safe Place Breathing Icons from the Free Resources Toolkit around the house to help everyone remember to breathe. Each I Am Safe Breathing Card is printed with helpful steps for active calming on one side, and the S.T.A.R. icon and “I am safe” affirmation on the other side.