Take a Breath ActivityISBN: taADA4
How do we prevent violence, disrespectful behaviours and gender inequality in our communities? A very challenging question. Maybe … if we began at the beginning by teaching our kids to ‘take a breath’ before they act or speak — then we might see more positive outcomes in generations to come. Let’s hope so!
‘Take a Breath' Activity is for students 8 to 17 years. It can be explored in classrooms, homes and community settings such as church groups and sporting clubs.
The ‘Take a Breath’ Activity aims to help students:
- understand that our words and how we deliver them matter
- understand our words can affect another’s self-esteem, confidence, anxiety levels and happiness
- understand that our words can make others feel powerless
- realise that verbal abuse is unacceptable in all societies
- understand that verbal abuse can lead to other forms of abuse and control
- express their feelings and emotions in a more regulated way towards positive outcomes
- listen to another’s point of view with increased empathy, understanding and perspective
- learn to self-regulate.
Through a series of role plays and then discussion questions guided by the facilitator, the overall objective of this activity is to have students, when responding to a challenging situation or conversation to:
- Take a Breath (STOP for a few seconds before responding).
- Ask themselves 3 questions about what they are about to say:
- Is this helpful?
- Is this hurtful?
- Will this cause unhappiness to the other person and/or myself?
- Then Rethink Their Response.