Stress and anxiety can be overwhelming for kids, as a parent or caregiver it's important to teach them how to manage these emotions. One technique that can be helpful is the 54321 technique, which is taught within the Calm Kids app.
What is the 54321 Technique?
The 54321 technique involves looking around you and finding five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. By focusing on these things, kids can shift their attention away from stress and anxiety and into the present moment.
How does it work?
By focusing on these things, kids can shift their attention away from stress and anxiety and into the present moment. For example, if a child is feeling stressed they can focus on:
- Five things they can see in their room (e.g. toy car, book, stuffed animal, poster, window)
- Four things they can touch (e.g. blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, toy)
- Three things they can hear (e.g. birds outside, car passing by, clock ticking)
- Two things they can smell (e.g. fresh cut flower, favorite scented candle)
- One thing they can taste (e.g. piece of candy, sip of water)
Why it's helpful?
This technique is great for kids to use when they're feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. It can help them to feel more grounded and present in the moment. Additionally, it can be a useful tool for parents to use when teaching kids mindfulness.
At Calm Kids, we believe in the power of mindfulness to help children learn how to manage stress and anxiety. Our app teaches various techniques such as the 54321 technique, to help kids learn relaxation techniques and mindfulness in a fun and engaging way. We encourage you to explore other techniques and resources available to help your child develop a mindfulness practice.