Self-Regulation Strategy #1

Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. Taking a deep breath is one of the easiest ways to calm yourself and it can be done anywhere at anytime.  Add a cozy blanket and you’re all set to relax.

When to take a deep breath:

Again, this simple strategy is very versatile.  It helps you work through your feelings, from anger to excitement to sadness.  Try taking a deep breath anytime you feel off.

What will you notice?

When you feel angry, excited, or stressed you might notice your heartbeat is racing. Once you take a few deep breaths your heart will slow back to a comfortable beat. Thoughts might be racing through your mind.  As you breathe in and out, your mind will clear. In general, your body will feel relaxed and ready.

Take a deep breath and enjoy that moment of calm.

Rebecca J. Weaver is a Certified Autism Specialist at Independent with Autism, working to empower individuals with ASD. Need help creating your relaxation strategies? Check out for more information.